Landslide traps eight miners in Colombia

At least eight miners were trapped in Colombia Tuesday after a landslide blocked the exit of a coalmine on the outskirts of the country`s third largest city of Cali, reports claimed on Wednesday.

Last Updated: May 18, 2011, 09:49 AM IST

Bogota: At least eight miners were trapped in Colombia Tuesday after a landslide blocked the exit of a coalmine on the outskirts of the country`s third largest city of Cali,reports claimed on Wednesday.

The accident occurred around 9.30 a.m. when the miners were
working in the Loma Gorda coalmine. The workers are believed to be trapped some 50 metres deep and have established contact with emergency personnel, officials said.

Cali`s Mayor Jorge Ospina told the media: "Relief agencies are removing material and fortunately the trapped miners have oxygen supply. We know that they are fine."

The mining activity in Colombia has experienced a boom in recent years, which also has led to an increase in the number of accidents, with at least 216 people reported to have died in similar accidents between 2008 and 2010, according to official data.

PTI