Colombia Coal Mine Deadly Gas Explosion Bury 31 Miners In Tunnels
On Saturday, a rescue official said, “An explosion tore through a coal mine in remote northeast Colombia, burying at least 31 miners in tunnels filled with deadly gases.”
The Director of civil defense in Norte de Santander state, Fernando Rosales said, “Emergency crews have not yet been able to enter the mine. Hopes of finding the miners alive were ‘discouraging’ because of the extensive damage and the trapped gases.”
Fernando Rosales also said, “the 31 missing miners were buried in two separate tunnels. The morning explosion in the remote hamlet of San Roque, 255 miles northeast of Bogota was caused by some spark and the gas that was inside the mine.”
Many mines in this Andean nation are makeshift affairs with few or no safety procedures.