30 Killed in Sudan Gold Mine Collapse

No fewer than 31 miners were killed and eight missing in Sudan on Tuesday when a rudimentary gold mine collapsed.

According to a government official, the disaster occurred near Nuhud, a town about 500 kilometres (310 miles) west of Khartoum

The head of the state-run Mineral Resources Company in West Kordofan, Khaled Dahwa said, “thirty-one traditional miners were killed because of a mine collapsing,” he disclosed, adding one person survived and eight others were still missing.

Another official at the company said four miners were killed at the same mine in January.

“Authorities at the time shut down the mine and installed security but a couple of months ago they left,” he said.

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Artisanal gold mining is a dangerous profession in Sudan largely due to ramshackle infrastructure.

It flourished around a decade ago in various parts of the country, with people digging the ground using excavators in hopes of unearthing the precious metal.

About two million artisanal miners produce about 80 per cent of the country’s annual gold production of around 80 tonnes, according to official figures.

Sudan, one of the world’s poorest countries, has recently suffered runaway inflation and embarked on tough economic reforms, including slashing subsidies on petrol and diesel and launching a managed currency float.

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