Two workers at a mine in Teppanawa area in Kuruwita were killed on Sunday when the banks of the mine collapsed on them, the police said.
The gem mine near the Kaludeniya Bridge in Teppanawa was to be closed after extracting the last gem deposits.
The two workers aged 56 and 71 got buried when the incident took place at around 2.00 pm. They were pronounced dead upon their admission to the Teppanawa Base hospital.
One of the deceased. Lionel Karunathileke (56) was the license holder of the mine, the police said.