Search for 11 miners after a coal mine explosion

The accident “possibly” occurred due to an accumulation of “methane and coal dust”

Archive image of a Colombian mine.

Rescue groups They search for 11 “disappeared” miners after an explosion in a coal mine in the Colombian municipality of Socha, department of Boyac (center), reported this Friday the state National Mining Agency (ANM).

The accident “possibly” occurred by a accumulation of “methane and coal dust” at the Diamante 5 mine, the ANM detailed in a statement. The mining company represents, together with oil, the main export product of Colombia.

The fourth economy of Amrica Latina recorded 171 deaths in mining accidents last year, up from 82 in 2019. The Group of Seven Most Industrialized Countries (G7) agreed in May to drastically reduce the use of oil and coal to produce electricity over the decade. 2030.

In 2020, Colombia produced 48.4 million tons of coal, against 82.4 million the previous year, and is the fifth exporter of the mineral in the world, according to the ANM. Shelf, Cruz Roja and two engineers, among others, participate in the search for the miners.

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