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  • Updated: March 15, 2023

Colombia: 11 Killed In Coal Mine Explosion

Colombia: 11 Killed In Coal Mine Explosion

11 people have been killed in a coal mine explosion in Colombia. The incident occured in Sutatausa, north of the capital Bogota.

And it occurred due to an accumulation of gases that exploded after a worker’s tool caused a spark.

Governor Nicolas Garcia on Wednesday that; “People are trapped between 700 and 900 metres [2,300 and 3,000 feet] underground.

"Two people have already been rescued and seven escaped unaided."

The governor said more than 100 rescue workers were working to free the trapped miners.

“Every minute that passes means less oxygen,” he added.

Colombian President Gustavo Petro also confirmed the incident.

He said; “We are making every effort with the government of Cundinamarca to rescue the trapped people alive. A hug of solidarity to the victims and their families.”

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