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World Collapsed gold mine kills at least 15 in Guinea

13:10  09 may  2021
13:10  09 may  2021 Source:   bbc.com

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At least 15 people have been killed by a landslide at a clandestine gold mine in Guinea 's north-eastern Siguiri region. Overhanging rocks collapsed on Saturday morning, crushing some victims and burying others inside the mine . A government spokesman has said the "exact circumstances and causes of the tragedy" will be investigated. A local Red Cross official said two women were among the dead and that it was likely more bodies would be found. "This site is already mined by machines. The miners had struck too far in. That's how the earth, being very badly suspended, gave under," Djanko

At least 15 people died Saturday after a landslide at a clandestine artisanal gold mine in Guinea ’s northeast Siguiri region, rescuers and witnesses said. A rock overhang collapsed near the village of Tatakourou according to first telephoned reports from the area which did not clearly establish whether the victims had been crushed by falling rock above the mine or buried inside the facility. A Red Cross official on site said on condition of anonymity at least 15 people had been killed but did not rule out that others had been buried at the mine entrance.

At least 15 people have been killed by a landslide at a clandestine gold mine in Guinea's north-eastern Siguiri region.

a close up of a hand: Many thousands of miners across Africa risk their lives looking for gold © Anadolu Agency Many thousands of miners across Africa risk their lives looking for gold

Overhanging rocks collapsed on Saturday morning, crushing some victims and burying others inside the mine.

A government spokesman has said the "exact circumstances and causes of the tragedy" will be investigated.

A local Red Cross official said two women were among the dead and that it was likely more bodies would be found.

"This site is already mined by machines. The miners had struck too far in. That's how the earth, being very badly suspended, gave under," Djanko Dansoko is quoted as saying by news site Guinee360.

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At least 15 people died Saturday after a landslide at a clandestine artisanal gold mine in Guinea ’s northeast Siguiri region, rescuers and witnesses said. A rock overhang collapsed near the village of Tatakourou according to first telephoned reports from the area which did not clearly establish whether the The country’s Covid-19 death toll to Saturday stood at 149 but recent years have seen a spate of accidents at artisanal mines , particularly around Siguiri near the border with Mali, a region where more than 20,000 panners are officially active. At least 17 clandestine miners were killed in a landslide in

At least 15 people died Saturday after a landslide at a clandestine artisanal gold mine in Guinea 's northeast Siguiri region, rescuers and witnesses To view this article Click here.

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There are hundreds of unofficial "artisanal" mines around Siguiri, where gold is laboriously panned by hand and safety standards are low.

This particular site is near the village of Tatakourou, 40km (25 miles) from Siguiri.

Seventeen miners were killed in a landslide in Guinea two years ago, and a dozen more nine months later.

The search for gold attracts clandestine miners from Mali, Senegal and other West African countries.

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