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At least 16 dead and 11 injured after the collapse of an illegal gold mine in Venezuela

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At least 16 dead and 11 injured after the collapse of an illegal gold mine in Venezuela

A collapse in an illegal gold mine in Venezuela has left at least 25 people dead, according to the latest update from the country’s vice minister for Risk Management and Civil Protection, Carlos Pérez Ampueda. The collapse occurred in the state of Bolívar, located in the southern part of the country near the border with Brazil.

Initial reports from the Maduro regime confirmed 15 deaths and 11 injuries, but local officials had previously cited higher numbers. The town’s mayor, Yorgi Arciniega, had mentioned 30 dead and around 100 missing.

The collapse occurred in an open pit quarry where dozens of miners were working, resulting in an avalanche of earth that covered several of the workers. Family members of the victims gathered in Puerto Guacara, waiting for news and grieving the loss of their loved ones.

The injured were transported to a hospital in the state capital, Ciudad Bolívar, while a rescue and recovery team from Caracas was dispatched to assist in the search efforts. The region of Bolívar is known for its large reserves of gold, diamonds, iron, bauxite, quartz, and coltan, making it a valuable area for both legal and illegal mining.

The mining activity in the area has been a source of controversy, with reports of poor working conditions, exploitation of children and women, and increased presence of criminal gangs involved in illegal mining operations. The Venezuelan Armed Forces have been involved in evicting illegal miners from protected areas, but the issue persists.

This latest incident underscores the dangers faced by those involved in illegal mining operations and the need for stronger safety regulations and enforcement. The tragic events in the Bolívar state serve as a reminder of the human and environmental consequences of illicit mining activities allowed to continue under the Maduro regime.

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