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40 killed in Badakhshan Gold mine Collapse: Lawmaker

40 killed in Badakhshan  Gold mine Collapse: Lawmaker

FAIZABAD -  At least 29 people were killed and six others wounded on Sunday when a gold mine collapsed in the Kohistanat district of northeastern Badakhshan province, a public representative said.
Mahboob Rahaman Talaat, a provincial council member, told Pajhwok Afghan News the incident happened in Shepoi village of the district shortly after 9am when dozens of workers were busy sifting gold there.
Habiburahman, a gold trader, said 28 dead bodies and eight injured had been evacuated to the district hospital in cooperation with local people.
But Fawzia Kofi, a lawmaker from Badakhshan province, put the death toll at 40, saying another 10 miners were injured when a sand crushing machine collapsed in Shepoi village of the district.
Kofi said Badakhshan was minerals rich province but it remained poor due to government’s lack of attention and failure to regulate mining in the province.
The governor’s office confirmed the incident but provided no information about casualties.
Another lawmaker from Badakhshan Mohammad Zekriya told The Washington Post that workers were in a river bed sifting for gold when rocks and debris tumbled down the mountainside. The mining activity did not prompt the landslide, he said.
Landslides are common in the rugged, mountainous north, typically caused by melting snow or heavy rain.  (Pajhwok)