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Fresh landslide at Honduras mine where eight are trapped

There has been a fresh landslide at a makeshift gold mine in Honduras where 11 miners were trapped on 2 July.Three of the men were freed on 4 July, but the rescuers have not been able to reach the remaining eight and it is not clear whether they are still alive.

There has been a fresh landslide at a makeshift gold mine in Honduras where 11 miners were trapped on 2 July.

Three of the men were freed on 4 July, but the rescuers have not been able to reach the remaining eight and it is not clear whether they are still alive.

The official search was suspended on Monday because of the risk of further landslides, but locals continued digging regardless.

The new collapse has blocked the entrance to the mine.

The accident on 2 July happened in a vertical tunnel at a depth of about 80m (260ft).

Rescue workers were able to locate the three miners they freed after they heard their shouts. But nothing has been heard from the other eight.

Local officials say there are more than 50 makeshift mines in the area around El Corpus, about 110km (70 miles) south of the capital, Tegucigalpa.

Thousands of people use ladders to climb down into shafts as deep as 200m (656ft) every day.

Armed with pickaxes, they hack away at the tunnel walls to try to extract minute gold nuggets from the soil.

It is a highly risky way to make a living in an area prone to earthquakes and landslides and the government is keen to move people into other sectors.

On Tuesday, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez said he would support programmes to offer locals alternative employment in areas such as coffee growing.

BBC
10/07
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Honduras landslide traps 11 artisanal gold miners

Rescue workers in Honduras are trying to free 11 men who are trapped in a small gold mine 110km (70 miles) south of the capital, Tegucigalpa.The miners were cut off on Wednesday after a landslide blocked their tunnel near the town of El Corpus.Firefighters said they had made contact with three of the men.

Rescue workers in Honduras are trying to free 11 men who are trapped in a small gold mine 110km (70 miles) south of the capital, Tegucigalpa.

The miners were cut off on Wednesday after a landslide blocked their tunnel near the town of El Corpus.

Firefighters said they had made contact with three of the men. The fate of the other eight was not known.

Informal mines are common in Honduras but the lack of adequate security means serious accidents are not unusual.

The mine is located in an area prone to landslides and quakes.

The rescue workers said their work was progressing "slowly and with difficulty" because of the risk of another landslide.

Firefighter Oscar Triminio said he and his colleagues could not use heavy machinery because the terrain was unstable.

The collapse happened in a vertical tunnel at a depth of about 80m (260ft), Mr Triminio said.

Emergency workers said they had heard shouts from three of the miners, but they did not know if the other eight were still alive.

Another firefighter, Manuel de Jesus Reyes, said they made auditory contact with some of the miners who were "banging their picks and shovels and yelling," Reuters news agency reports.

Rescuers have been pumping oxygen to the three through a hose.

The mayor of the nearby town of El Corpus, Luis Andres Rueda, said there were more than 50 informal mines in the area.

He said that daily hundreds of people used ladders to climb down into shafts as deep as 200m.

Armed with pickaxes, they hack away at the tunnel walls to try to extract minute gold nuggets from the soil.

BBC
03/07
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