B2Gold says worker dies in Nicaragua mine flooding

(Reuters) – B2Gold Corp said a miner, who had remained unaccounted for in last week’s flooding of its Limon mine in Nicaragua, had died.

The Canadian gold producer, which had to shut down underground operations at the mine last week because of heavy rains and mine flooding, had earlier said the worker had gone missing.

The company, which also runs the La Libertad mine in Nicaragua, said underground operations at Limon will remain suspended during the accident investigation and rehabilitation.

Limon, which has a mine life of five years and produced about 40,125 ounces of gold last year, was expected to produce about 42,000-46,000 ounces this year.

The Limon mill will continue to process ore from the existing stockpile and production schedules will be adjusted to include other sources of open pit ore during the suspension of underground mining, B2Gold said in a statement.



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