More Than 20 People Die In A Gold Mine In Sudan

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More than 20 people have died and another seventeen miners were injured in the collapse of a gold mine in the Sudanese town of Al Nahud, in the state of West Kordofan.

A total of more than 20 people have died, other sources report at least 38 deaths, and another seventeen miners were injured in the collapse of a gold mine in the Sudanese town of Al Nahud, in the state of West Kordofan, local authorities reported Tuesday.

Rescue forces have so far managed to bring 29 bodies to the surface. The incident occurred at the Um Draisai mine in the Foga area, in the northwest of the state. The huge accident took place on Sunday.

A spokesman for the Sudan Mineral Resources Company has detailed that the injured are already receiving medical treatment. According to witnesses, the emergency and rescue services are looking for several missing persons under the rubble.

The export of gold is of great importance to Sudan. In 2018, the African country exported 93 tonnes, although Sudan’s mines are sometimes exploited illegally and do not meet safety standards. Production from the mining sector accounts for about 4% of gross domestic product (GDP).

Mineral extraction reported by the Government of Sudan include gold, chromium, gypsum and salt. Approximately over 250,000 artisanal miners work in the gold production.

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