Death toll climbs in illegal Venezuelan mine collapse

The collapse of an illegally operated open-pit gold mine in central Venezuela has killed at least 14 people and injured several more, reported the Associated Press.

Bolivar state governor Angel Marcano told local reporters that 14 bodies had been removed so far and authorities knew of at least 11 people injured.

“We continue to carry out rescue work,” he said, with relatives demanding swift rescue efforts.

The news agency said the accident took place in the Angostura municipality on February 20, when a wall collapsed at a mine known as Bulla Loca, which can only be reached by an hours-long boat ride.

Source: AP

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