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Colombia Mine - Makeshift gold mine collapses killing 21 people and injuring another 26
10/14/2007
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NAME: COL MINES 20071014I TAPE: EF07/1230 IN_TIME: 11:22:25:13 DURATION: 00:02:23:02 SOURCES: RCN DATELINE: Suarez - 14 October 2007 RESTRICTIONS: No Access Colombia SHOTLIST: No Access Colombia 1. Aerial of Salvagina lake close to where the miners were buried 2. Aerial of area where miners were buried 3. Pull out of machines digging in the mud 4. Various of rescue workers with sniffer dogs 5. Rescue workers walking after coming back from the mudslide 6. Machine digging in the mud 9. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Rafael Antonio Piragauta, Civil Defence Director of Valle del Cauca province: "Right now we are sending in machines to remove the mud. Workers will also search by hand and will keep an eye on whether any deceased remains are in the mud. We hope to avoid what happened to us yesterday when a body was caught in the equipment and dismembered." 10. Rescue workers walking 11. Various of rescue workers 12. Rescue workers standing on the mud with a stretcher to carry victims 13. Pan right of mud and rescue workers 14. Residents waiting outside makeshift morgue 15. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Pedro Sandoval, son of deceased miner: "I am the oldest son of four bothers. My parents are now gone, so we are orphans. I'll have to leave school to support my other brothers." 16. Various of people standing around coffins of dead miners STORYLINE Rescue workers and authorities continued their search on Sunday for people who were trapped in a landslide at a makeshift mine in southern Colombia. The landslide killed at least 21 people and injured another 26 on Saturday. About ten people are missing and presumed trapped under the wave of dirt and rock in the open pit mine, near the town of Suarez, 220 miles (352 kilometres) southwest of the capital, Bogota. "Right now we sending in machines to remove the mud," said Rafael Antonio Piragauta, Civil Defence Director of Valle del Cauca province. "Workers will also search by hand and will keep an eye on whether any deceased remains are in the mud. We hope to avoid what happened to us yesterday when a body was caught in the equipment and dismembered," Piragauta added. Among the deceased were the parents of Pedro Sandoval. "I am the oldest son of four bothers. My parents are now gone, so we are orphans. I'll have to leave school to support my other brothers." Officials had recovered 21 bodies and rescued 18 people who were hurt in the morning accident in the open pit mine, authorities said. The landslide happened after local people started digging in the mine following reports that gold had been found underground, officials said. Many appeared to have little experience in tunnelling or mining, and rescue efforts were hampered by the lack of any records of how many people entered the mine. Rich in resources, but with a limited government presence across much of the country, Colombia is home to many such makeshift mines, particularly in zones where gold or emeralds have been found. With little to no supervision, mining accidents are a frequent occurrence in the Andean country. In February a mine explosion killed 32 people. The same month another accident killed eight more miners.
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