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Dozens killed in Sudan gold mine collapse

  • 28 Dec 2021

At least 38 miners were killed in the disaster that took place in the village of Fuja, 700 kilometres south of the capital of Khartoum.

An official of the state-run Mineral Resources Company in West Kordofan said four people were killed at the same mine in January. ( Reuters )

Sudanese authorities have said at least 38 people were killed when a defunct gold mine collapsed in West Kordofan province.

The country’s state-run mining company said in a statement the collapse of the closed, non-functioning mine took place in the village of Fuja 700 kilometers (435 miles) south of the capital of Khartoum on Tuesday. 

It said there were also injuries without giving a specific tally.

Local media reported that several shafts collapsed at the Darsaya mine, and that besides the dead at least eight injured people were taken to a local hospital.

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The mining company posted images on Facebook showing villagers gathering at the site as at least two dredgers worked to find possible survivors and bodies.

Other images showed people preparing tombs to bury the dead.

The company said the mine was not functional but local miners returned to work it after security forces guarding the site left the area. It did not say when the mine stopped working.

Sudan is a major gold producer with numerous mines scattered across the country. In 2020, the East African nation produced 36.6 tons, the second most in the continent, according to official numbers.

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The transitional government has begun regulating the industry in the past two years amid allegations of gold smuggling. 

Collapses are common in Sudan’s gold mines, where safety standards are not widely in effect.

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