Gold mine accident leaves 1 dead, 1 missing (Colombia)

One miner dies from inhaling gas and another is missing after an accident in a gold mine on the boundary of the Caldas and Risaralda departments, central Colombia, El Espectador reports.

Intense search and rescue efforts are continuing to try to find the missing man although hopes are low of finding him alive, with some media already reporting his death.

Mining disasters are a common occurrence in Colombia. In an effort to lower the fatalities caused by these accidents, the government announced in February that it will suspend the approval of new mining licenses to ensure safer work conditions are created before mining can begin.


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