The tragedy of the gold mine in western Sudan . the death toll has risen to 40

The death toll from the collapse of a gold mine in western Sudan has risen to more than 40, according to information from Al-Arabiya / Al-Hadath.

Khaled Dahwi, director of the branch of Sudanese Mineral Resources Company, which is the government’s oversight body on mining, said yesterday that the collapse of the mine located near the city of Al-Nuhud in the state of West Kordofan, about 500 km west of the capital, Khartoum, killed 31 people.

He said, as quoted by the Agence France-Presse, “31 traditional miners were killed in the collapse of a mine in the Umm Draisayh area of ​​West Kordofan state, and one person survived, while eight are still missing.”

He also confirmed that the incident was not the first in this mine, in how much four people died in it last January. “At that moment, the authorities closed the mine and placed a guard there, but the guards were withdrawn two months ago,” he added.

    Gold in Sudan (archive - Reuters)
Gold in Sudan (archive – Reuters)

two million people

It is said that more than a decade ago, traditional mining spread to extract gold in various regions of Sudan, where people helped workers dig the ground and break stones to extract gold ore.

Government agencies estimate the number of people working in these traditional mines to about two million people, which produce about 80% of the country’s production, which is about 80 tons per year.

This trend towards mines has arrived in abundance recently as the country is suffering from a severe economic crisis and an annual inflation rate of over 300%.

Since the country has no infrastructure, it is struggling to exploit millions of hectares of arable land after losing oil revenues following South Sudan’s secession.

Furthermore, the country is experiencing a political crisis following the measures imposed by the armed forces on 25 October and the dissolution of the civilian government, despite the signing of a political agreement between Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok and army commander Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. on November 21.

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