60 die in Darfur gold mine collapse
02 May 2013, 18:40
Khartoum - Dozens of people have been killed in a gold mine
collapse in Sudan's Darfur region, said the chief of the district where
fighting over gold in January led to the region's worst unrest in years.
"The number of people who died is more than 60,"
Haroun al-Hassan, the local commissioner in Jebel Amir, North Darfur, said on
He added that rescue operations were still taking place
after Monday's accident.
"I cannot give exact figures because no one got precise
numbers of how many people were going inside the tunnel," which went down
40m, he said.
Rescuers were using traditional tools to try to reach the
victims, he said, without specifying whether anyone might still be alive.
"We cannot use machines because if they came near, the
ground will collapse. People are using traditional tools and because of this,
the rescue is very slow," Hassan said.