Tragedy in Mali: 22 Artisanal Miners Perish in Shaft Collapse

At least 22 artisanal gold miners tragically lost their lives in southern Mali when the shaft they were working in collapsed. The miners had entered the site illicitly and dug tunnels which later collapsed. This follows a similar accident in January where over 70 miners died in southwest Mali.


Reuters | Updated: 13-06-2024 19:45 IST | Created: 13-06-2024 19:45 IST
Tragedy in Mali: 22 Artisanal Miners Perish in Shaft Collapse
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At least 22 artisanal gold miners died in southern Mali on Saturday after the shaft they were working in collapsed, the general secretary of the miners' confederation told Reuters on Thursday.

The miners had entered the site in the commune of Kalana illicitly and dug tunnels which later collapsed, the confederation's Taoule Camara said. The accident follows the death of over 70 people in similar circumstances at an artisanal mine in southwest Mali in January.

Artisanal mining is a common activity across much of West Africa and has increased in recent years due to growing demand for metals and rising prices. Deadly accidents are frequent as artisanal miners often use old-fashioned and unregulated methods of digging.

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