In Burkina Faso 🇧🇫, rescuers are attempting to reach eight miners who have been trapped underground for more than two weeks.
Following heavy rain last month, the Perkoa Zinc mine flooded. Six of the miners are from Burkina Faso, with the remaining two coming from Zambia and Tanzania.
Burkina Faso’s government has launched a judicial investigation, and the mine managers are currently barred from leaving the country.
Trevali, a Canadian mining company, says it is working around the clock to find the missing miners.
According to the report, when the mine flooded, the eight workers were more than 500m below ground than their colleagues.
Power and communication lines have been cut off. Prime Minister Albert Ouedraogo paid a visit over the weekend and blamed those in charge of the mine, alleging that dynamite was used, allowing floodwaters to enter more easily.
According to journalist, Trevali said it was aware of the prime minister’s remarks and was also investigating the cause of the accident.