Bamako, Jan 24 (EFE).- At least 60 people were killed after a gold mine collapsed in the Koulikoro region in southwestern Mali, an official said on Wednesday.
The incident occurred on Friday, Jan. 19, in the town of Kobadani after the tunnel they were working in collapsed, a municipal official told EFE.
Two other local sources placed the number of deceased at around 80.
Late on Tuesday, Mali’s Ministry of Mines in a statement announced the death of “several” miners without specifying an exact figure.
The ministry expressed its “deepest condolences” to the families of the victims and the people of Mali.
The government is closely following the ongoing rescue operation, with a delegation dispatched to assess the situation, it said.
The ministry urged local communities and miners to strictly respect safety regulations and operate only in authorized gold extraction sites.
Witnesses told EFE that the collapsed mine is typically closed by the government during the rainy season, spanning from June to August, due to the risks faced by workers. EFE