Sudan gold mine collapse claims 38...

Sudan gold mine collapse claims 38

 International Desk

 Published: 10:06 AM, 29 December 2021  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

At least 38 people have been killed after an abandoned gold mine collapsed in the North African country of Sudan on Tuesday.

Several others were injured in the accident. Many people were injured but specific number couldn't be known. AP has given this information in a report.

The Sudanese state-run mining company said in a statement that an abandoned mine collapsed on Tuesday in the village of Fuja, 700 kilometers (435 miles) south of the capital Khartoum.

According to local media reports, several ditches collapsed at the Darsaya mine. In addition to the dead, at least eight people were injured. They were taken to a local hospital.

The mining company posted pictures of the accident on Facebook. It appears that there are at least two dredgers working to find possible alive and dead bodies. 

The agency said that even though the mine was not operational, local miners returned to work after security forces left the area. However, it was not immediately clear when the mining was stopped.

Sudan is a major gold producer country with numerous mines scattered across the country. In 2020, the East African country produced 36.6 tons of gold. According to the country's official estimates, Sudan was the second largest gold producer in Africa last year.

According to the media, gold mine collapse in Sudan is very common. Basically, the safety standards of all the gold mines in the country are not safe everywhere.