Saturday, 19 October 2013

Up to 30 missing in cave-in at Colombia gold mine

A cave-in Friday at an unlicensed gold mine in Colombia left up to 30 workers missing, a rescue official said.

Two people were injured but no bodies have been recovered so far at the mine in the northwest department of Antioquia. The missing number were between 10 and 30, according to other workers, said Cesar Hernandez, a senior disaster relief official.

Rescue workers with sniffer dogs were combing the area.

The accident happened when a device used to remove earth from the mine broke. Walls collapsed and tons of earth fell on miners.

The mine is in a mountainous area that is hard to reach.

The Mining Industry says that between January 2012 and June of this year 86 people died and 39 others were injured in mine accidents.

Colombia has more than 14,357 gold mines, more than half of which are unlicensed.

Gold mining accounted for 2.3 percent of Colombia's gross domestic product in 2012.

Saturday 19 October 2013


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