73 people were killed when a tunnel collapsed in a gold mine in the West African country of Mali. The accident happened last week. This information was reported by the AFP news agency citing local sources.
Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world. But it is one of the top gold producing countries in Africa.
“The accident happened last Friday,” Omar Sidibe, a gold mining official in the southwestern Mali town of Kangaba, told AFP. It started with a bang. There were more than two hundred workers in the gold mine. The rescue operation has been completed. We recovered the bodies of 73 people.’ A similar death toll was reported by the local council.
Mali’s Ministry of Mines said in a statement on Tuesday that several workers died in an accident at a gold mine. However, the ministry did not give any specific information then. Following the accident, the Government of Mali expressed its deepest condolences to the bereaved families of the deceased.
Mali’s mining sector is controlled by foreign companies such as Canada’s Barrick Gold and B2Gold, Australia’s Resolute Mining and Britain’s Hummingbird Resources. These companies have continued to operate in Mali for years despite political instability.
Gold mining is a dangerous business in the Sahel region of Africa, south of the Sahara desert. Human rights organizations often condemn child labor in these mines.