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At least 23 dead after gold mine collapses in Venezuela

Yorvis Hernandez, a 34-year-old miner, gets medical attention at at tent set up next to a mine after it collapsed in La Paragua, Bolivar state, Venezuela, Wednesday, Feb 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrea Calma)
Yorvis Hernandez, a 34-year-old miner, gets medical attention at at tent set up next to a mine after it collapsed in La Paragua, Bolivar state, Venezuela, Wednesday, Feb 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrea Calma)

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At least 23 people have died in central Venezuela after a wall of earth collapsed at an illegally operated gold mine while dozens of people were at work.

Yorgi Arciniega, a local official, told the AFP news agency on Wednesday that about 23 bodies had been recovered from the open-pit mine known as Bulla Loca in the jungles of the state of Bolivar.

The accident happened on Tuesday.

Deputy Minister of Civil Protection Carlos Perez Ampueda published a video of the incident on X, and referred to “a massive” toll, though he provided no numbers.

The video showed a wall of earth slowly collapsing upon people at work in the shallow waters of an open-pit mine.

Some managed to flee while others were engulfed.

Some 200 people were thought to have been working in the mine, which is a seven-hour boat ride from the nearest town, La Paragua, according to officials.

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