A local official told AFP on Saturday that twelve individuals had died as a result of asphyxiation in an abandoned gold mine in the southern region of Venezuela.
In a telephone conversation, General Edgar Colina Reyes, who serves as the secretary of security in El Callao, stated that there had been 12 people killed today.
They ventured into a mine that had been shut down for quite some time.
According to Colina, the deaths took place on Wednesday after “the mine was flooded from rains,” which severed the illegal miners’ access to oxygen.
According to him, five victims were found on Friday, and seven more were found on Saturday; however, none of the bodies have been identified at this time.
One person was killed and 34 others were saved when a shaft at the same gold mine collapsed in 2021. The incident caused the death of one person.
Mining operations, both legal and illegal, are rife in southern Venezuela, making accidents an everyday occurrence in the region.