Colombia: 4 dead in coal mine explosion
(MENAFN) Authorities stated that on Tuesday, Aug. 24 a methane gas blast at a coal mine in central Colombia killed four persons as a minimum, another wounded and a number of seven miners were stuck underground.
The explosion at the mine in the town of Topaga was "associated with methane gas and possibly coal dust," said the state-run National Mining Agency (ANM).
The agency noted in a press release: "four workers have been located so far, unfortunately without vital signs."
It further said: "we are working on the search and rescue of the other seven workers, who have not yet been located."
Rescue workers set up fans in the mine to funnel oxygen to the stuck workers as officials from the Topaga mayor's office, police force, Red Cross and Civil Defense grouped at the scene to offer assistance.
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