At least 10 people have been killed in north-eastern Guinea in the collapse of a clandestine gold mine, sources said Thursday administrative, humanitarian and security.
A number of people are missing as a result of this collapse on Wednesday.
« At least ten people died Wednesday morning in a landslide on a gold mine in Kintingnan, Siguiri Prefecture, » said Kintingnan sub-prefect Aliou Cisse. The information was confirmed by a member of the local Red Cross and a security source.
Three children are among the victims, said the security source.
« Others (victims) whose number we do not know are missing. We are doing everything to find them as quickly as possible, but without hope that they are still alive in these galleries, « added the sub-prefect Cisse.
The Kintingnan mine « had already been closed, but the people have come back on their own, without permission, and that’s the consequence. I guarantee you that this mine will be permanently closed, « continued the sub-prefect Cissé.
Rocks on gold sites are common and often deadly in Guinea. At least 17 clandestine miners were killed in February in the collapse of a mine in the village of Norassoba, 35 km from the town of Siguiri.
Illegal miners come from Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire.
Although the subsoil of Guinea is full of minerals (bauxite, diamond and gold), the majority of the population faces significant problems of daily survival.