A minimum of 18 individuals killed and 7 others injured in southern Niger after an artisanal mine collapsed, native mayor says.
A minimum of 18 individuals died when an artisanal gold mine collapsed in southern Niger close to the border with Nigeria, the native mayor has stated.
“The provisional dying toll is eighteen individuals, whom we buried this morning,” Adamou Gueraou, mayor of Dan-Issa district, instructed the AFP information company on Monday.
“There have been additionally seven hospitalised with accidents,” he stated, including that Nigerian nationals had been among the many injured.
The accident on Sunday was sparked when artisanal wells collapsed on the Garin-Liman mine website in Maradi area, he stated.
“Rescue operations are nonetheless happening, there may nonetheless be our bodies trapped on the backside of the pits,” a neighborhood supply stated.
The Garin-Liman mines had been found only some months in the past, however 1000’s of miners have since flocked to the world.
For many years, Niger’s gold mines have attracted prospectors, significantly within the western Tillaberi area, now the scene of lethal insurgent assaults, and within the north close to the Libyan border.
Accidents at these websites are frequent due to soil instability and the outdated strategies employed by the miners, based on the authorities.
A number of artisanal gold mines had been shut in 2017 as a part of authorities efforts to modernise the trade.
Since 2004, Niger has had just one industrial mine at Samira within the Tillaberi area.