Bodies pulled from collapsed Colombia mine

Rescue teams find four bodies in gold mine in Riosucio as they press ahead with efforts to find 15 workers.

    Colombian rescuers have found four bodies in a collapsed gold mine as they kept up a search for rest of the 15 workers, according to the emergency teams dealing with the issue.

    Rescue efforts will continue around the clock, Luis Pineros, head of government disaster relief agency called the UNGRD, said on Thursday.

    The unlicensed mine in central Colombia collapsed on Wednesday, and the authorities have launched an investigation of its owners.

    Discovery of the first bodies sapped hopes of anxious relatives of other miners that they might still be found alive.

    The workers are believed to be trapped at a depth of 17 metres.

    The collapse at the mine on an indigenous reservation in the municipality of Riosucio occurred in its deep shafts, authorities said.

    The head of the National Mining Agency told Radio Blu the organisation would investigate the mine, which was in the process of legalisation but was prohibited from digging the shafts that were involved in the collapse.

    Investigators say a power cut in the area likely shut off the mine's water pumps, flooding the shafts and leading to the collapse.

    The workers at the mine had no formal contract with the company for their high-risk work, the mining agency said in a statement.

    Colombia is a major gold producer and business has boomed over the past decade as the price of gold has risen from less than $400 per ounce to almost $1,200.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    What draws Kenyan women to join al-Shabab and what challenges are they facing when they return to their communities?