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US News Guinea: At least 15 dead in the collapse of a gold mine, near Siguiri

18:35  09 may  2021
18:35  09 may  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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At least fifteen people were killed on Saturday, May 8, in a landslide on a gold mine, near Siguiri, the latest date of the dramas of gold panning in northeastern Guinea. The victims were surprised while everything seemed to be calm in this region where thousands of clandestine golds, faced with important survival problems, come from all neighboring countries.

with our correspondent in Conakry, Moktar Bah

It is an overhang rock that caused the landslide in the locality of Tatakourou, not far from Doko, near the Malian border. The rock detached for reasons still undetermined.

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dozens of dead

This drama occurs after a series of other similar accidents that have made, in recent years, dozens of deaths often buried in deep galleries.

According to several sources, this time the victims were surprised while they were sitting in the shadow of this gallery, perhaps two or three meters deep.

fifteen bodies were extracted by rescuers before being buried in the early evening. Two women appear among the victims. It is not excluded that other orpalers are prisoners of the galleries whose access were obstructed by the accident.

"Attristed"

Guinean President, Alpha Condé, "said" saddened ", according to his spokesman. He asked the government to carry out all the necessary investigations to determine the exact causes of the drama and locate any responsibilities.

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