Death toll rises to 10 in Colombia mine collapse

Illegal gold mine in Colombia collapses killing at least three

Rescuers work on the removal of sludge during the rescue of a group of miners in a gold mine that collapsed in San Antonio, Colombia Photo: GETTY IMAGES

More bodies pulled out of collapsed illegal gold mine in Colombia with at least six more people feared to have perished in the disaster

(SOURCE)  Rescue workers recovered more bodies on Saturday of people killed in a landslide at an illegal gold mine in western Colombia, raising the death toll to 10, with an additional six feared dead.

Miners had been labouring with hand tools to extract gold from the open pit mine when it was hit by an avalanche of mud, rock and earth on Wednesday.

The mine employed local men and women, sometimes from the same families, but neither the workers nor the facility were properly credentialed.

“Today, we located seven bodies; those of four men and three women. And we still have six people missing,” said Juan Sandoval, a civil defence spokesman in the Cauca department town of Santander de Quilichao.

Three bodies had been found earlier, so the fatalities stand at 10.

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