Monday, November 29, 1999

Seventy Colombia miners trapped, three dead - official

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More than 70 Colombian miners were trapped and feared dead after an explosion in a coal mine that killed at least three people, authorities said on Thursday."To be honest there is not much (hope), very little, practically none, but it is better to wait until the operation is finished," Luz Amanda Pulido, a disaster official, said when asked by local radio about getting the workers out alive.The explosion occurred just after midnight at the San Fernando mine in Amaga town in Antioquia province.Hundreds are killed or injured every year while prospecting for gold or coal in often makeshift mines in Colombia, the world's No. 5 coal exporter with large deposits worked by multinational companies Drummond and Glencore.A methane gas explosion in a Colombian coal mine killed eight workers last year also in Antioquia province and in 2007, 31 miners were killed in an explosion Norte de Santander in one of the worst disasters of its kind in a decade.(Reporting by Nelson Bocanegra, writing by Patrick Markey; Editing by Doina Chiacu)(For more news on Reuters India, click

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