One miner dead, 25 trapped in Nicaragua cave-in

A cave-in at a mine in Nicaragua has left at least one person dead and around 25 trapped, state-run media reported.

AFP| Last Updated: Aug 29, 2014, 14:52 PM IST

Managua: A cave-in at a mine in Nicaragua has left at least one person dead and around 25 trapped, state-run media reported.

The accident happened yesterday in the village of El Comal in northwest Nicaragua, local ruling party official Martha Lagos told the web site 19 Digital.

Teams are trying to dig their way down to the trapped miners, she said.

"You can hear that there are people alive because we heard voices," said Lagos.

The mouth of the mine caved in because of a landslide triggered by heavy rain.

Desperate relatives of the miners initially tried to dig to reach them but the land was too unstable, press reports said.

The collapse happened yesterday morning but word of it emerged only in the evening because the site is remote, Lagos said.