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At least 20 miners trapped deep underground after Nicaragua cave-in

Published on Aug 30, 2014 3:11 AM
Miners help rescuers in their attempt to reach a group of fellow miners trapped in a gold mine in the community of El Comal, near Bonanza in northeastern Nicaragua, on August 29, 2014. At least 20 miners are trapped alive deep underground after an informal gold mine collapsed, presidential spokeswoman Rosario Murillo said Friday. -- PHOTO: AFP

MANAGUA (AFP) - Rescue teams in Nicaragua were scrambling frantically Friday to reach at least 20 workers trapped deep underground for more than 24 hours after a cave-in at an unlicensed gold mine.

Two workers buried near the surface managed to dig their way out after the collapse early Thursday in the remote village of El Comal in northeastern Nicaragua, according to the local disaster prevention committee.

But another 20 are marooned in the mine shaft 800m underground, said presidential spokeswoman Rosario Murillo, after being briefed by officials coordinating the desperate rescue effort.

There had been 28 “guiriseros,” or informal gold miners, working in the shaft when the mouth of the mine caved in because of a landslide triggered by heavy downpours.

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