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Eight miners enter fourth week trapped in flooded Canadian-owned mine in West Africa

Source: 
The Toronto Star

Rainwater in the landlocked country cut off access to the mine’s lower levels on April 16, and there has been no communication with the missing workers since.

By Alex Boyd, Calgary Bureau Mon., May 9, 2022

More than three weeks since heavy rainfall cut off access to the surface, eight miners remain trapped half a kilometre underground, their status unknown, in a flooded-out zinc mine in West Africa that’s owned by a Canadian company.

In an update posted online Monday, Vancouver-based Trevali Mining Corp. said rescue crews are working around the clock and that, so far, roughly 32 million litres of water — enough to fill almost 13 Olympic swimming pools — have been pumped out of the mine in Burkina Faso.

Rainwater in the landlocked country cut off access to the mine’s lower levels on April 16, and there has been no communication with the missing workers since, the company said.

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