At least 11 miners died in Colombia on Saturday afternoon after an explosion in a coal mine. The explosion hit three mines on Saturday afternoon near the town of Pueblo Viejo, about 80 kilometers north of the capital Bogotá.
The explosion hit three mines on Saturday afternoon near the town of Pueblo Viejo, about 80 kilometers north of the capital Bogotá, local authorities and media report this. The blast is said to be the result of an accumulation of methane gases, said Governor Nicolás García Bustos.
At the time of the explosion, 15 miners were working in the mine. Specialized rescue teams, fire, and emergency services were still trying to help detained miners.
According to the most recent emergency report, four miners were eventually released. That help came too late for 11 miners.
Mine explosions are more common in Colombia. On Thursday, a gas explosion at a mine in San Cayetano, in the northeast of the country, killed six miners.