Nicaraguan mining accident leaves at least 1 miner dead, 25 trapped

Rescue efforts are underway at El Comal where a gold mine in northwest Nicaragua, collapsed and two miners are feared dead. At least one miner…
Nicaraguan mining accident leaves at least 1 miner dead, 25 trapped

FILE-An accident at the Bonanza mine, located in the northern part of Nicaragua, has claimed at least one life. (Jorge Mejia Peralta/Flickr)

Rescue efforts are underway at El Comal where a gold mine in northwest Nicaragua, collapsed and two miners are feared dead.

At least one miner has died and 25 others were reportedly trapped after the collapse was reported Thursday morning.

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Martha Lagos, secretary of the National Sandinista Liberation Front (FSLN) announced that rescuers will not stop their operation until they find the trapped miners. Officials suspect there might be a second miner who is deceased, but they haven’t been able to confirm the information.

The body of the confirmed dead miner was recovered by rescuers, as shown on a TV broadcast, but he hasn’t been identified.

“You can hear that there are people alive because we heard voices,” Lagos told news website “19 digital.

The website also reports that two survivors have already been rescued.

Lagos says the mine has already been investigated in the past for other tragedies.

Several media outlets speculate that recent heavy rains caused the landslide the ushered the mine collapse.

“Colombian miner Mineros S.A., which operates the Bonanza region project via its Nicaraguan subsidiary Hemco, said it had been informed by local emergency services that the two miners were freed from a section of the mine the company had previously shut down,” reports Reuters.

Mineros said the collapse occurred early on Thursday morning on El Comal mountain, 2-1/2 miles (4 km) from their mine in Bonanza, which is about 260 miles (420 km) northeast of the capital Managua.

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