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Colombian coal mine explosion kills 11, search ongoing for survivors

A strong explosion in a coal mine in central Colombia that affected 4 different mines linked by tunnels has killed at the very least 11 individuals and left others lacking, the federal government stated Wednesday.

President Gustavo Petro stated on his Twitter account that rescuers had been making each effort to achieve the trapped miners.

The blast came about Tuesday evening within the municipality of Sutatausa in Cundinamarca province.

Cundinamarca Gov. Nicolás García Bustos initially reported 4 deaths with two individuals recovered alive and 17 nonetheless trapped within the mine.


A Colombian coal mine explosion killed 11 on Tuesday night. Police are still searching for survivors.

A Colombian coal mine explosion killed 11 on Tuesday evening. Police are nonetheless trying to find survivors.

Álvaro Farfán, captain of the Cundinamarca fireplace division, informed native media the explosion affected 5 mines interconnected by tunnels, producing a “chain” blast.

Petro later raised the loss of life toll to 11, however didn’t say what number of miners had been nonetheless trapped.

Farfán stated the preliminary speculation is that the explosion was brought on by an accumulation of gases.

Explosions, landslide and different emergencies are frequent in Colombian coal mines.

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