At least 40 workers are feared trapped under the debris of a coal mine in Lal Matia area of Godda district which collapsed in Jharkhand late Thursday night.

While the rescue operations are underway, a National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is on its way as well. Indian Express reports that the incident occurred during the shift change last evening. The cause of the collapse still remains unknown.

"As per the information about 10-12 vehicles were operating inside the mine when the incident took place. Our current focus is on saving the trapped people inside the mine,” said Hira Lal Chauhan, Godda superintendent of police, reports Hindustan Times.

On Thursday, four workers suffered injuries, two of them seriously, when the roof of a mine partially collapsed at Putki Balihari area in Dhanbad district. The mine falls under Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL), a subsidiary of Coal India Limited.

(With inputs from PTI)

(Feature image source: ANI)