At least 31 people died, another eight missing when an artisanal gold mine collapsed in Sudan on Tuesday, officials said.
Head of the State-Run Mineral Resources Company in West Kordofan, Khaled Dahwa, said the disaster occurred near Nuhud, a town about 500 kilometers west of Khartoum, the capital city.
Only one miner survived, Mr. Dahwa said, adding that a search operation has been underway to find the eight others who have gone missing since the incident.
This is not the first incident as four miners were also killed in the same gold mine in January.
About two million artisanal miners produce about 80 percent of the country’s annual gold production of around 80 tons, according to official figures.
Sudan’s gold production has traditionally largely been driven by unregulated, artisanal mining, which is highly hazardous to the miners, as per the report.
The total gold production of Sudan in 2020 reached 36.6 tons, making it the second largest producer of gold in Africa.
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