Twelve people have died from asphyxiation in a shuttered gold mine in southeastern Venezuela, a local official disclosed on Saturday.”We have 12 dead today,” the secretary of security in El Callao, General Edgar Colina Reyes, said in a telephone interview.
Five bodies were recovered Friday and seven more on Saturday, he said, adding that none have yet been identified.
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In 2021, the collapse of a shaft at the same gold mine caused the death of one person, while 34 others were rescued.
Southern Venezuela teems with legal and illegal mining activity, and accidents are common.
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