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Rescuers look for trapped miners in Colombia

By Marion V. Ali

It is a race against time as rescuers in Colombia use large mechanical diggers to try to uncover up to 30 people buried under tonnes of mud at a gold mine.

They have recovered three bodies so far but Colombian officials say the unstable soil is making the search a challange. At least seven large mechanical diggers have been working non-stop at the bottom of the large pit.

Those who have gathered at the scene have refused to move away despite being warned that they themselves could be buried alive by another landslide. Fellow miners and relatives of the victims watch on as the rescue operation in Santander de Quilichao, Colombia, continues.

Thousands of unchecked mines can be found in Colombia’s most remote areas and a Colombian official says illegal miners had used machinery to open huge holes to extract gold, and one of them caved in, burying them.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has blamed the incident on illegal mining, saying his government was tackling the problem.

(Pic: BBC World News)

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