A massive teak plantation in the central Andhra Pradesh state has collapsed, leaving at least 1,200 workers without their jobs.
The collapse occurred on Sunday when the workers fell from a height of 200 feet (61 metres), causing a landslide.
The company responsible for the plantation said the workers had fallen to the ground because of a power failure and that it was investigating the cause of the accident.
“We will be in touch with the state government and all concerned to ascertain the cause and take necessary action,” said Shashank Kumar, general manager, Tata Tea Plantation in a statement.
A statement by the state power ministry said the teak mill had shut down as a precaution after the collapse.
It said that the company was under suspension and a report will be submitted to the state administration.
A spokesperson for the state’s power ministry, Prasanta Raja, said the state is cooperating with the department of power, industry and industry department.
Tata Tea Plantations, which has a turnover of Rs 2,000 crore ($3.5 billion), operates three teak mills in the state.
It has three more teak plants in Gujarat, Karnataka and Andhra.