Illegal gold mine collapse kills 2 in central Vietnam

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The site of a gold mine collapse that killed two people on May 13 / PHOTO COURTESY OF VNEXPRESS
Rescuers in the central province of Quang Nam on Thursday retrieved the bodies of two people, including a 13 year-old boy, who were buried when an unlicensed gold mine collapsed two days before, news website VnExpress reported.
According to initial reports by Nam Giang District police, Ho Van Thien, 13, and Bit Van Quang, 21, were operating a water cannon to remove soil from a mountain cliff on Tuesday when part of the mountain collapsed, burying them.
The mine’s owner tried to conceal information about the accident from local authorities, who were tipped off about it by local residents the next day.
Police are investigating the case.
In January, three people were also killed when another illegal gold mine collapsed in the province’s Phuoc Son District.
Gold mine collapses have left at least 15 people dead since last year across Quang Nam.

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