On Tuesday night, six coal mines suffered an explosion in Bogota by “a spark generated by the pick” of one of the workers.
Eleven people died and ten were trapped in an explosion inside a group of coal mines in Colombia. The incident was produced from the “accumulation of gases” that exploded for “a spark generated by some pike” of a worker and that caused a chain reaction, as explained by the governor of Cundinamarca, Nicolás García, in an interview with Blu Radio.
“Still we are in the search and rescue of the ten (people) that we have left” and that they remain trapped. “Every minute that passes is less oxygen time” and it is “quite difficult” to find them alivelamented Garcia.
“An unfortunate tragedy happened in the Sutatausa mine, where 11 people died. We are making every effort with the Cundinamarca government to rescue the trapped people alive. A hug of solidarity to the victims and their families“, President Gustavo Petro said on Twitter.
The authorities they continue working to rescue the ten miners who are still under the rubble more than 900 meters deep. According to the Governor, more than 100 rescuers are working on the operation.
Images shared on local media show firefighters and workers from the disaster care authority operating at the entrances of the mines. Around, a handful of people await information about their relatives since dawn.
The Governor of Cundinamarca, Nicolás García assured that the explosion was the product of an accumulation of gases inside the tunnels.