Landslide in Bolivia leaves five miners dead | News

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At least five miners who extracted gold from a river in the town of Mapiri, Bolivian department of La Paz, were buried on Monday due to a landslide that occurred the day before, reported neighborhood leaders linked to the rescue efforts.


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According to Ubaldo Torrez, president of the Neighborhood Council, the rescue and salvage brigades had already recovered most of the bodies of the victims. "Yesterday (Sunday) we rescued two bodies and today we rescued more. There are five deaths and one survivor," he said.

The leader Rudy Salcedo confirmed hours later, from the Mapiri Health Center, the number of fatalities that included five deaths and one survivor. In videos shared on social networks, the residents of Mapiri are seen extracting the bodies from the mud and cleaning their faces.

The Minister of Government, Eduardo del Castillo, declared at a press conference that the rescue tasks continue, in the hope of finding more bodies that could have been "buried." "There are people who have serious injuries," said the official, without specifying a number of injured.

The miners were members of the private cooperative 19 de Marzo and in statements to the press, the authorities highlighted that it had a license to exploit gold in the area.

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