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In Burkina, a rescue operation continues at the Percoa zinc mine in the west of the country. Efforts to evacuate the waves that hit the mine’s underground galleries on April 16 went against the clock. Eight workers – six Burkinabes, one Tanzanian and one Zambian – are still missing, trapped in a gallery of the mine. The Labor Minister was on site at the beginning of the week to follow the progress of the research.
Rescuers found electric pumps from South Africa and Ghana. These machines allow them to remove the water more quickly. Moussa Palenfo, director of the Nantou Mining Company. , The new pumps we are installing are large capacity pumps, water pumping has gone a long way, in the last 24 hours we have pumped 3,300,000 liters of water, which has helped us free up about 2.8 meters of space and For us we have to go quickly, we have to get to this room of the refuge, to see if they are there and help them. ,
Rescuers have reached 580 meters deep… This is the level where a shelter room is provided to protect workers in the event of a landslide, fire or flood.
Allies and relatives of victims hope that 8 employees were able to take refuge there. Like Antony Bama, whose brother is trapped in this mine. , What gives us hope is that we have found that the oxygen system continues to work and we hope that they were somehow able to end up in this chamber of refuge and then we also hope that This chamber of refuge will not be damaged, it is true that we cannot be 100% sure but we still have hope. ,
There is no certainty on the chances of workers surviving at this stage. The flood damaged electrical systems and no radio contact has been established with miners trapped in the galleries since 16 April.
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