October 3, 2023

Twelve people have died from asphyxiation in a shuttered gold mine in southeastern Venezuela, a local official disclosed on Saturday.

The secretary of security in El Callao, General Edgar Colina Reyes, disclosed this in a telephone interview

He said, “We have 12 dead today. They entered a mine that had been closed a long time.”

Colina said the deaths occurred on Wednesday when the mine was flooded by rains that cut oxygen supply to the mine.

Five bodies were recovered on Friday and seven more on Saturday, he said, adding that none of the deceased miners have been identified.

In 2021, the collapse of a shaft at the same gold mine caused the death of one person, while 34 others were rescued.


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