August 11, 2008
Mudslide Horror at Gold Mine
AT LEAST 31 people died in a mudslide at a gold mine in Burkina Faso.
State radio said heavy rains caused the landslide in the mining village of Boussoukoula in southwest Burkina Faso. Rescue teams were digging to try to find survivors.
Poor villagers risk their lives down deep shafts at thousands of informal mine workings in West Africa trying to find gold. The mines are especially treacherous during monsoon season.
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