KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — A minimum of 14 staff are lifeless after a gold mine collapsed in northern Sudan, mining authorities mentioned Friday.

The deadly collapse occurred after one of many hillsides that encompass the Jebel Al-Ahmar gold mine – located close to the Egyptian border – gave method Thursday afternoon, the Sudanese Mineral Sources Firm mentioned in a brief assertion.

Some twenty different minors have been injured within the collapse and transferred to a close-by hospital, it mentioned.

Based on a report printed Thursday by Sudan’s state-run information company SUNA, a search operation was launched to search out these trapped beneath the rubble.

Witnesses cited by SUNA mentioned the employees have been looking inside mining wells for gold utilizing heavy equipment which triggered the collapse.

A safety supply cited by the state company mentioned staff have been considered trapped beneath the mine’s groundwater.

It stays unclear if the rescue groups are nonetheless looking for survivors. The Sudanese Mineral Sources Firm’s spokesman within the space didn’t reply to The Related Press’s request for remark.

The lifeless have been transferred to the close by city of Wadi Halfa and have since been buried, the state firm mentioned.

Sudan is a significant gold producer with numerous mines scattered throughout the nation. Collapses are frequent as security requirements and upkeep are poor.

In 2021, 31 folks have been killed after a defunct gold mine collapsed in West Kordofan province.

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