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Mining News February 22, 2024 12:20:39 PM

At Least 23 Dead After Gold Mine Collapses in Venezuela

Paul Ploumis
ScrapMonster Author
The accident happened on Tuesday.

At Least 23 Dead After Gold Mine Collapses in Venezuela

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): At least 23 people have died in central Venezuela after a wall of earth collapsed at an illegally operated gold mine while dozens of people were at work.

Yorgi Arciniega, a local official, told the AFP news agency on Wednesday that about 23 bodies had been recovered from the open-pit mine known as Bulla Loca in the jungles of the state of Bolivar.

The accident happened on Tuesday.

Deputy Minister of Civil Protection Carlos Perez Ampueda published a video of the incident on X, and referred to “a massive” toll, though he provided no numbers.

The video showed a wall of earth slowly collapsing upon people at work in the shallow waters of an open-pit mine.

Some managed to flee while others were engulfed.

Some 200 people were thought to have been working in the mine, which is a seven-hour boat ride from the nearest town, La Paragua, according to officials.

 Courtesy: www.thefinancialexpress.com.bd


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