Four Cambodian prospectors who have been digging for gold within the central province of Kampong Thom have been killed when earth collapsed into the pit the place they have been mining, a authorities official and a fellow villager stated Friday.
Information Minister Khieu Kanharith on his Facebook web page quoted experiences from a neighborhood official saying the 4 males who died had been employed by a pair who personal the mine within the rural jungle village of Snong An.
The accident occurred Thursday morning as the boys have been digging, stated Ven Srey Tith, a villager dwelling close to the positioning.
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Speaking by telephone from her residence, she stated the pit was solely a little bit greater than six toes deep, however mounds of excavated earth collapsed into it with out warning and nobody was close by to see the boys’s plight.
Their our bodies have been retrieved the identical day and despatched to their households for non secular rites.
Mining and not using a license is unlawful, and Ven Srey Tith stated the authorities had advised villagers a very long time in the past that they don’t seem to be allowed to mine gold there.
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Some villagers pleaded to be allowed to dig for gold as a result of they’re poor and want the earnings, she stated. Most villagers farm for a dwelling, she stated.
Despite the official ban, mining has been occurring on the village since 2012 and there had not been any main accidents till now, she stated. Other miners stopped digging on Friday, at the very least briefly, after listening to of the tragedy, she stated.
Illegal gold mining on a small scale is commonly tolerated, whereas licensed industrial mining for gold in carried out by a handful of firms, together with from Australia, China, Vietnam and India.
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