Mine collapse in Central African Republic kills 25

The mine at Ndassima is carved deep into a forested hilltop north of Seleka's military headquarters in Bambari.

Mine collapse in Central African Republic kills 25

World Bulletin/News Desk

At least 25 people have died in a collapse at a gold mine 60 km (40 miles) north of the Central African Republic town of Bambari, a spokesman for the mainly Muslim Seleka rebels said on Friday.

The mine at Ndassima is carved deep into a forested hilltop north of Seleka's military headquarters in Bambari. It is owned by Canada's Axmin but was overrun by rebels more than year ago and now forms part of an illicit economy driving sectarian conflict in the country.

At least 27 artisanal miners were buried in the collapse of the mine on Thursday and 25 bodies have been retrieved, Negat said.

"Nobody from our service is on the ground to regulate the miners so they dig without any rules. Lower than 3 metres it gets dangerous and with rain there can be collapses," Georges Yacinth-Oubaouba, a senior official in the Ministry of Mines, told Reuters. He confirmed the incident.

Last Mod: 22 Ağustos 2014, 13:16
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