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A gold mine collapsed in West Kordofan killing approximately 31 people

A gold mine collapsed in West Kordofan killing approximately 31 people

The search for possible rescuers and the bodies of even more people who may have been slain continues. Rescue personnel recovered the death of at least 31 individuals from a collapsed gold mine in Sudan’s West Kordofan state on Wednesday, according to Sudanese officials.

Workers and locals are still scouring the Darsaya mine for suspected survivors and bodies of additional people who may have been deceased, according to the country’s state-run mining firm. The mine is located near Fuja village, about 700 kilometres south of Khartoum, Sudan’s capital.

According to the firm, the defunct mine collapsed early this week, killing at least 38 workers. It shared photos on Facebook of residents gathered at the spot while at least two dredgers searched for survivors and bodies.

The mine was not operational, according to the Sudanese Mineral Resources Limited Company, but local miners went back to work after security personnel patrolling the site left. In Sudan’s gold mines, where safety rules are not frequently enforced, collapses are widespread. Sudan is a big gold producer with mines scattered around the country. However, the business has been plagued by years of mismanagement and corruption.

During the last two years, the provisional government has moved to regulate the industry. According to Khardiata Lo Ndiaye, UN humanitarian coordinator in Sudan, an unknown armed group stormed and robbed a warehouse for the World Food Program (WFP) in the provincial seat of El-Fasher late Tuesday.

According to the WFP, up to 1,900 tonnes of food were stored at the warehouse, with the intention of being delivered to those in need in the area.

Source: CBC News

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