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At least 7 dead in Suriname mine collapse

Tuesday, November 23, 2010    

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AT least seven bodies have been recovered from a gold mine near Langa Tabbetje, in Eastern Suriname, and the authorities fear that many other persons may have been killed in the accident.

Coalition Leader Ronnie Brunswick has confirmed the accident, which occurred late on Saturday.

Vice-President Robert Ameerali has described the situation as "very sad". The bodies of those killed have been taken to a mortuary at the University Hospital.

Minister of Regional Development Linus Diko said that those killed were in an area called Surgold 20 km from Langa Tabbetje in Eastern Suriname. The mine is about 200 km from the capital, the authorities said.

Initial reports said that at least 15 people were in the mine at the time of the accident and Jerry Slijngaard of the National Coordination Center for Disaster Management said the police in Moengo and an army unit were assisting in the rescue operations.

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