|Rescue forces are working to search for two workers who are still missing after the gold mine collapsed in northern Hòa Bình Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Hải|
HÒA BÌNH — An illegal gold mine collapsed on Sunday morning in the northern province of Hòa Bình, burying two workers.
Early on Sunday morning, the two workers were operating an excavator and a truck to remove soil inside the Cột Cờ cave in Lạc Thủy District, when a dam at the cave’s mouth broke.
Thousands of cubic metres of soil and water poured into the cave, pushing the vehicles and the workers around 100 metres further inside the cave.
The water and mud were estimated to flood the cave to around 10 metres in depth.
The district’s police and the military command are coordinating with the province’s rescue forces and communal authorities to remove water and soil from the cave and search for the victims.
Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyễn Văn Quang has arrived at the site to supervise the search and rescue efforts.
As of late Sunday, the cave was still filled, with water continuing to flow in, causing difficulties for the search. — VNS