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At the least 18 killed in Niger gold mine collapse

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At the least 18 folks killed and 7 others injured in southern Niger after an artisanal mine collapsed, native mayor says.

At the least 18 folks died when an artisanal gold mine collapsed in southern Niger close to the border with Nigeria, the native mayor has mentioned.

“The provisional loss of life toll is eighteen folks, whom we buried this morning,” Adamou Gueraou, mayor of Dan-Issa district, advised the AFP information company on Monday.

“There have been additionally seven hospitalised with accidents,” he mentioned, including that Nigerian nationals had been among the many injured.

The accident on Sunday was sparked when artisanal wells collapsed on the Garin-Liman mine website in Maradi area, he mentioned.

“Rescue operations are nonetheless occurring, there would possibly nonetheless be our bodies trapped on the backside of the pits,” an area supply mentioned.

The Garin-Liman mines had been found just a few months in the past, however hundreds of miners have since flocked to the realm.

For many years, Niger’s gold mines have attracted prospectors, significantly within the western Tillaberi area, now the scene of lethal insurgent assaults, and within the north close to the Libyan border.

Accidents at these websites are frequent due to soil instability and the outdated strategies employed by the miners, in response to the authorities.

A number of artisanal gold mines had been shut in 2017 as a part of authorities efforts to modernise the business.

Since 2004, Niger has had just one industrial mine at Samira within the Tillaberi area.