At Least Five Killed In Colombia Mine Collapse

BOGOTA — At least five people died in Colombia on Tuesday when a gold mine collapsed in the southern province of Cauca, local authorities said.

The accident happened due to a landslide inside the mine, located in the Lopez de Micay district of Cauca, said Angel Sigfrido Riascos, the director of the district government. He told the RCN radio station that the landslide buried five workers, including four men and one pregnant woman.

“This was an unfortunately situation, and the first time it has happened here. We are waiting for the final report by the government regarding the situation of the mine, (such as) whether it was illegal,” Riascos said.

At least 216 people have been killed in mining accidents in Colombia over the past three years, according to official statistics.


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