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Dozens Feared Dead After Gold Mine Collapses In Venezuela

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La Paragua, Venezuela: Tragedy struck in the jungles of southern Venezuela as an illegal gold mine collapse claimed the lives of approximately two dozen individuals, according to officials’ reports on Wednesday. The incident unfolded at the “Bulla loca” mine in Bolivar state, located a considerable seven-hour boat ride from the nearest town, La Paragua. As families anxiously awaited updates, Mayor Yorgi Arciniega confirmed the recovery of around 23 bodies, with more expected.

Deputy Minister of Civil Protection Carlos Perez Ampueda shared a video of the harrowing event, describing it as having a “massive” impact. While precise figures were not provided, it was estimated that about 200 people were present at the mine during the collapse.

Footage depicted the terrifying moment when a wall of earth collapsed onto the miners, some managing to escape while others were tragically engulfed. Efforts to rescue survivors and provide medical assistance were underway, with injured individuals being transported to a hospital in Ciudad Bolivar.

Desperation and anguish gripped relatives awaiting news of their loved ones, with pleas for helicopter support echoing among the crowd. The region’s richness in various minerals, coupled with dire economic circumstances, often drives individuals to work in hazardous conditions.

The illegal mining industry in Bolivar state has long been a concern, with activists highlighting environmental degradation and the exploitation of labor, particularly among children. Despite efforts to address the issue, such incidents underscore the ongoing challenges and risks faced by those involved in these operations.

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