Six killed in illegal central Vietnam gold mine collapse

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Police in the central province of Quang Nam announced Friday that six people died after a gold mine collapsed in a remote district on Tuesday.

The illegal gold mine, located deep in the forest of Nam Giang District, collapsed on June 14, killing six ethnic minority miners.

The six deceased came from the northern province of Bac Giang, the police said. 

The gold mine had been operating for several years drawing hundreds of people from the northern provinces flocking to find gold.

Local authorities have raided the gold mine many times but they could not staunch the rush of prospectors.

Pham Thi Nhu, vice chairwoman of Nam Giang District, said the authorities learned of the collapse rather late--the mine was located a day's walk from the nearest police station.

She also blamed heavy rains, which made it difficult to reach the mine.

Police were sent to the site to investigate the case and identify the deceased.

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