An illegal gold mine collapsed in the central province of Nghe An on Tuesday, leaving three miners dead and seven others injured.
Vi Tan Hoi, vice chairman of the Tuong Duong District People's Committee, told Thanh Nien that the accident happened at around 11.30 a.m. when ten people were working inside the mine.
All of them were buried, but others who worked nearby managed to rescue people who were on the higher levels of the mine and rushed them to the hospital.
The bodies of the three miners who were working at the bottom of the mine were recovered later the same day.
Initial information is that the mine collapsed because it was dug incorrectly and its foundation was weak given its proximity to the Nam Nom spring.
A VnExpress newswire report quoted Hoi as saying that the mine was illegal and local authorities had already suspended it and fined the miners twice, but they continued to operate it.
Following the accident, all mining equipment at the site has been confiscated for further investigations, he said.
Earlier, on July 15, two children five and six years old in the province's Anh Son District died after falling into a pit people had dug to mine gold, but did not fill up after they were done.
According to VnExpress, many gold mines have been operating illegally in recent years in the mountainous areas of Nghe An to the west, polluting local springs and rivers.Several fatal gold mine collapses have been reported to date.
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