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Almost 40 Dead in Gold Mine Collapse in Southern Sudan

© REUTERS / Goran TomasevicA girl collects fire from a pile of dung ash ahead of nightfall at a camp near Rumbek, capital of the Lakes State in central South Sudan
A girl collects fire from a pile of dung ash ahead of nightfall at a camp near Rumbek, capital of the Lakes State in central South Sudan - Sputnik International, 1920, 28.12.2021
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KHARTOUM, December 28 (Sputnik) - At least 38 people were killed in the southern Sudanese state of West Kordofan in a recent gold mine collapse, the state Sudanese Mineral Resources Company Limited said on Tuesday.
Several shafts of the mine collapsed on Sunday.
"The director general of Sudanese Mineral Resources Company Limited, the branch head in the state of West Kordofan, and employees... counted 38 prospectors killed, as the Umm Drisaya gold mine collapsed," the statement read.
Due to previous accidents, local authorities had closed the gold mine and security forces guarded it for some time, according to the company. However, when the guard was withdrawn, "prospectors sneaked to the mine to work again."
Sources in the state government told the Sudanese Radio Dabanga that eight more people sustained injuries in the accident. Searches are underway to find miners under the debris, the radio reported.
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