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Two missing after illegal mine collapses
  • | | November 05, 2018 08:36 PM
Over 100 rescuers are searching for two miners missing in a gold mine collapse in Hoa Binh Province on November 4.

The workers were working inside Cot Co Cave at 2 am when a dam at the cave's mouth broke and water flushed into the cave. Rocks and gravel were also swept in and blocked the exit.

Quach Thi Nien, a local in Hoa Binh, said when she heard about the collapse, the cave was still filled up to the mouth with water. The mine, owned by Bach Xuan Hung, has been in illegal operation for about five years. Hung was also fined before but operations continued.

Hung has been detained for investigation.

Most of the water has been pumped out but the cave is covered in four metres of mud. The missing workers have been identified as Truong Cong Chanh from Thanh Hoa Province and Bui Van Thu from Lac Thuy District, Hoa Binh.

Bach Ba Han, chairman of Thanh Nong Commune, said that the two workers were working 100m away from the cave's mouth. He said, "Over 100 people including police and rescuers worked overnight to pump out the water. Excavators and other vehicles are also brought to the scene."

The rescuers are considering pumping water back inside the cave and try to suck the mud out.

Some photos of the mine collapse:



Rescuers unable to access the cave

Quach Tat Liem, chairman of Lac Thuy District

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