At least 31 killed in gold mine collapse – Barlamane


At least 31 workers were killed and eight others are still missing after a gold mine collapsed in central Sudan, an official told AFP on Tuesday.

“Thirty-one bodies were recovered from a mine collapse on Sunday evening, while one miner survived,” Khalid Dahoui, director of Kordofan Mining Resources Company, told AFP. Where from.

“Eight miners are still missing” although the incident was not detected until the next day, and searches are underway at the mine near Al-Nohoud, 500 km west of Khartoum, where in January 2021 there were already four in similar circumstances. The miners had died.

These miners were only equipped with artistic equipment, as is often the case in the mines of Sudan, Africa’s third largest gold producer after South Africa and Ghana, with 80 tonnes of finds per year.

Over the past ten years, these artistic excavations have multiplied throughout Sudan, which now represents 80% of the national output.

According to officials, the sector employs around two million people, minors but also relatives who come to help dig or break stones to extract gold from basements.

Sudan, a precious resource in one of the world’s poorest countries, plunged into a political meltdown in October due to a military coup and inflation above 300%.

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