Guwahati News Desk: At least 18 people were killed, when an artisanal goldmine collapsed in Southern Niger near the border with Nigeria, on Sunday.
However, the local mayor addressed the issue on Monday.
Informing about Sunday’s disaster, the mayor of Dan-Issa district, Adamou Gueraou, said, “The provisional death toll is 18 people, whom we buried this morning.”
Adding that Nigerian nationals were among the injured, he said, “There were also seven hospitalised with injuries.”
Regarding the event, the accident was sparked when artisanal wells collapsed at the Garin-Liman mine site on Sunday afternoon.
Moreover, rescue operations are still underway, and there might still be bodies trapped at the bottom of the pits.