Five killed in Colombia by landslide inside gold mine

Syndicated from IANS | Published on Wed, Jun 15 2011 5:06 IST | 236 Views | Add comment

At least five people - four men and a pregnant woman - were killed in Colombia when a gold mine collapsed in the Cauca province Tuesday, Xinhua reported early Wednesday.

The accident occurred due to a landslide inside a mine, located in the Lopez de Micay district of Cauca, said Angel Sigfrido Riascos, the director of the district government.

Riascos told the RCN radio station that the landslide buried five workers.

"This was an unfortunate situation, and the first time it has happened here," Riascos said.

At least 216 people have been killed in mining accidents in Colombia over the past three years, according to official statistics.

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