Koriya: Two workers were killed when a portion of an underground coal mine of the South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL) collapsed in Chhattisgarh's Koriya district in the wee hours of Tuesday, police said.

The mishap took place around 3.45 am in Jhilmili coal mine of SECL, a subsidiary of Coal India Limited, when the mining work was underway, Koriya Superintendent of Police Vivek Shukla said.

As per preliminary information, a portion of the roof of the underground mine caved in, killing two workers, he said.

The other workers managed to come out of the mine after the mishap, the SP said.

The deceased were identified as Rup Narayan and Akhtar Husen, he said.

Senior SECL officials and police personnel rushed to the spot and launched a rescue operation, he added.

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