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Families desperately await news of Burkina miners trapped for 26 days

Families desperately await news of Burkina miners trapped for 26 days

THIAM NDIAGA THE families of eight missing miners in Burkina Faso desperately awaited news from rescue teams continuing to locate the men who have been stuck underground for 26 days. There has been no communication with the miners since they were trapped more than 500 metres (1,640 ft) below ground during a flood at Canada-based Trevali Mining Corp's Perkoa zinc mine on April 16. It is possible that the men reached a rescue chamber stocked with food and water, Trevali said. After pumping water out of the mine for weeks, rescue teams were nearing the chamber on Thursday, a company spokesperson…
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Burkina Faso investigates mine flood as search for eight workers drags on

Burkina Faso investigates mine flood as search for eight workers drags on

THIAM NDIAGA BURKINA FASO'S government has launched a judicial investigation into a flood at a zinc mine that left eight workers trapped, with rescue efforts entering the third week, it said. Canada-based Trevali Mining Corp suspended operations at its Perkoa mine on April 16, when heavy rainfall caused flash floods and left eight workers missing underground. Search and rescue efforts are ongoing, it said on Monday. Following a visit to the site on Sunday, Burkina Faso Prime Minister Albert Ouedraogo said that managers of the mine had been banned from leaving the country while investigations were underway into the cause…
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Burkina Faso rescuers find no survivors in flooded mine’s rescue chamber

Burkina Faso rescuers find no survivors in flooded mine’s rescue chamber

ANNE MIMAULT and THIAM NDIAGA RESCUE workers have found no survivors in a rescue chamber deep inside a flooded zinc mine in Burkina Faso, the government and the mine owner said, all but extinguishing hope that eight missing miners could still be alive after a month. The Perkoa mine, owned by Canadian firm Trevali Mining Corp and located about 120km (75 miles) west of the capital Ouagadougou, was abruptly submerged on April 16 after torrential rain fell unexpectedly during the country's dry season. There had been faint hope during a month-long search and rescue operation that the missing men might…
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