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Tailing Dam Collapse Kills 15 at Sibzoloto Gold Miners in Siberia

Mining News - Published on Tue, 22 Oct 2019

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At least 15 gold miners were killed on Saturday when a dam collapsed, flooding an artisanal mining encampment in a remote part of Siberia. Heavy rains had weakened the dam and water broke through, sweeping away several cabins where the artisan miners lived, about 160 km south of the city of Krasnoyarsk. President Vladimir Putin ordered all necessary measures to be taken to help those affected, to identify the cause of the disaster and prevent any impact on a nearby residential area

Krasnoyarsk officials said in a statement that water released by the dam partially flooded two dormitories of the rotational camp in which 74 people lived, adding that 13 people were still missing.

A Russian investigative committee said it had launched a criminal probe into violation of safety rules at the gold mining spot, while local authorities said the collapsed dam was not registered by official bodies.

Interfax said the miners were part of Siberian privately-held Sibzoloto, which unites several artisanal mining teams. Sibzoloto produced about 3 tonnes of gold in 2018

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 22 Oct 2019
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