At least 30 gold miners killed in Afghanistan landslide

At least 30 gold miners killed in Afghanistan landslide”

At least 30 people have been killed in the collapse of a gold mine in north-eastern Afghanistan, officials say.

Nazari also informed that this illegal business is being carried out by the villagers for decades. The incident took place in the Kohistan district of Badakhshan province, Afghanistan this afternoon.

Villagers were reportedly using an excavator at the site when the mine collapsed.

Villagers had dug a 60-metre (200-feet) deep shaft in a river bed to search for gold.

Afghanistan has vast resources of minerals but numerous mines are old and poorly maintained, creating severe safety issues.

The spokesman for Badakhshan governor, Nek Mohammad Nazari said 15 miners, who were injured in the accident, were rushed to the hospital.

The provincial officials are saying that initial reports indicate at least thirty people have died after the gold mine tunnel collapsed in Kohistan district.

A spokesperson for the National Disaster Management Authority said the families of the dead miners will receive 50,000 afghanis each (approximately Rs 46,000).

Illegal mining is common in Afghanistan, which is rich in resources, with the Taliban relying on the sector for much of its revenue.

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