30 killed in gold mine collapse in Afghanistan

At least 30 people were killed when a gold mine collapsed in northeastern Afghanistan on Sunday, in the latest tragedy to strike the war-torn country.

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According to official reports, nother seven were injured in the incident in Kohistan district of Badakhshan province, district governor Mohammad Rustam Raghi told AFP.

Villagers had dug a 60-metre (200-feet) deep shaft in a river bed to search for gold. They were inside when the walls fell in.

“The people were using an excavator to dig a big hole in the river when it collapsed, trapping dozens of workers,” Raghi said.

“At least 30 people have been killed and seven wounded.”

It was not clear why the shaft collapsed, but the provincial governor’s spokesman Nik Mohammad Nazari told AFP the miners were not professionals.

“The villagers have been involved in this business for decades with no government control over them,” Nazari said.

“We have sent a rescue team to the area, but villagers have already started removing bodies from the site.”

Badakhshan is a remote, mountainous province in northeast Afghanistan bordering Tajikistan, China and Pakistan.

The impoverished region is prone to landslides, particularly in the colder months when heavy snow blankets the province.

Illegal mining is common in resource-rich Afghanistan, with the Taliban relying on the sector for much of its revenue.

But most of the country’s minerals remain untapped as the raging conflict and lack of regulation deter international miners from exploiting the huge reserves.

315 Comments

  1. May d soul of d deceased keep resting in peace I commiserate with the family of d deceased and May Almighty God give them the fortitude to bear such irreplaceable loss

  2. What a great lost. I pray that God will give the families of the diseased a great heart to bear the lost.

  3. May there souls rest in peace ✌ it’s really a sad one the government should regulate the activities of mining in the zone.

  4. It is not really easy atall,in d bid to get money u will get many challenges and obstacle.Rip guys

  5. May their souls rest in peace. And may God grant the families the strength to bear the loss…

  6. It clear that the people mining gold there are not professionals. Better equipments should have been used. Rip to those that lost their lives

  7. Oh my!!! They had better improve with their equipments. May the soul of the dead be at peace

  8. This is terrible, illegal mining always have there consequences. Hope they are rescued soon, as for the dead ones, Rip to them.

  9. What a tragedy.This is indeed a very terrible situation and a great loss of about 30 lives.Rest in peace to the dead and I wish those injured quick recovery. The government should supervise whatever activity is going on there to avoid further loss

  10. May God grant eternal rest.It is indeed sad by this early hour of the year.God’s protection on us

  11. So sad. I wonder why the government has not really taken a bold step into stopping illegal mining. More people are just losing their lives from wrong approaches and all.

  12. This is bad. May the soul find place in heaven. That those hard work given to all those men.

  13. So sad… All because they want to provide for their families. may God console their families..

  14. It is so unfortunate, to lost so many people because of lack of safety awareness. illegal business always ends up in tragedy. I will advice the government to ensure government provides safety for their citizens since the people are poor according to the story government have allowed the people to make up living from the gold pending when the region will be peaceful.

  15. May their soul rest in peace, illegal mining is dangerous, the government should act fast about this.

  16. So so sad. May their souls rest in peace. Why won’t precautionary measure be taken when mining. Its quiet risky

  17. This is so Sad and Unfortunate there should be safety in a place of work. That Job is very risky. May their soul rest in perfect peace.

  18. This Afghanistan of a country don suffer too much.. May God help them and those that were loss, may their souls rest in peace.

  19. Its really sad. This can also be traced to the high poverty levels, and people trying to make ends meet at all costs.

  20. Ehhh so sad that’s why most times I fear this job oooo it full of risk anything can happen any time.

  21. This is sad
    Dying at work is better and respectful than being killed for crime… The world is proud of them and may their soul rest in peace

  22. This is so sad, may their souls rest in peace and may God grant their families strenght to bear the loss.

  23. Shit happens even if government was controlling them.who can tell man what will happen to him the next minute? My heartfelt condolences

  24. What a sad news this evening may their soul rest in peace and may the Almighty God comfort the family

  25. Very sad that lives have been lost. However, anything illegal remains illegal with terrible consequences.

  26. They shouldhave avoided digging gold since they are not professionals on it, its sad indeed,rip to them

  27. eyah this is so sad ..well there were looking for daily bread for their families may their souls rest in peace

  28. What a painful full death, may their souls rest in peace and my condolence to the families of the departed.

  29. Stop wasting Innocent lifes lockdown old mines there are better mine construction techniques now @ governments. May there souls rest in peace

  30. This is a very sad news from there, what a lost. My thought is with the family of the deceased. My condolences

  31. I pray that the ones injured survive and I pity the families of those dead, working to feed their families and meeting untimely dead

  32. Illegal mining by non professionals can be disastrous. May the souls of the departed rest in peace and God grant their families the fortitude to bear the loss.

  33. This is so terrible, what a painful death. May the souls of the dead rest in peace and quick recovery to the injured. Many God give the families the heart to bear this great loss.

  34. Its sad to see such happening to them, and am sure many provide for their families from the work they do in that mine.

  35. That’s the problem with countries that lack effective regulatory bodies. People just die like chickens.

  36. They should give in to the government to prevent more loss of lives….may their souls rest in peace

  37. You see, a nation with such great and expensive mineral resources allow villagers to mine them without government interferance. If na for naija na one tribe wey no get the thing for take over its exploitation. May the soul of the dead rest in peace.

  38. This kind of accident is usually common in goldmines. May the souls of all the victims rest in perfect peace

  39. They are not professionals,nevertheless RIP to d dead and quick recovery to those injured.

  40. May the soul of all those involved in the collapse rest in peace. Condolences to their family.

  41. So sorry about the loss of lives..may God give those families that lost their love ones the strength to bear the loss..may their soul rest in peace

  42. Chai! I outrightly detest hearing people being killed, especially this type. May the souls of the departed rest in peace

  43. it’s a very big tragedy. may their souls rest in peace.may God give their families the fortitude to bear the loss.

  44. Mining is s job for professional not for people that does not know nothing about it. May God rest the souls of the deceased .

  45. Sad news, condoles to their family and friends resurraction hope is certain for them when we are going to see them again till resurraction time they should keep resting

  46. Sad news for Afghanistan in this New Year, so bad they lost so much lives o, may their souls rest in peace

  47. This is very bad
    I pray that their soul rest in peace and I also pray God help the victim’s family

  48. May their soul rest in peace, but matters like this should be checked with efficient regulations and grants to avoid illegal mining thereby saving lives

  49. Oh what a heart breaking incident
    May God bless their soul and grant their families the fortitude to bear the loss

  50. May the soul of the deceased rest in peace…probably they are not professional enough and never knew when to stop digging and probably know what they have dug is fallen back…

  51. This is so tragedic coming at this time of the year, wish all the dead a Peaceful rest

  52. Even in this new year people are still taking their life for granted……may d soul of d deceased rest in peace

  53. This another sad story, May Allah Almighty put them in Aljanah and give the deceased family fortitude to bear the lost

  54. Sadly may their souls rest in peace and May God give their families the fortitude to bear their lost.

  55. wow that was sad no proper safety precaution i guess…anyway condolence to their family and friends RIP to them all

  56. Oh! God, may their souls rest in peace, the Afghanistan government should try and control the minning

  57. This is so sad. May their souls continue to rest in peace and may God grant their families the strength to go through this trying times.

  58. Its true they are precious treasures that could change ones life but if you are not an expert in mining why risk your life. Its sad

  59. They are strong people of interior…they believe that not even deir live z worth ha the will do for other peoples profit…rip..

  60. They should place forces around the area where the incident had happened to prevent further death of the ignorant citizens around there.

  61. They might have been doing it for decades without being professionals but that does not stop the new generation from becoming professionals considering the rate of development in technology to prevent futher loss of lives .

  62. Thirty hardworking men and breadwinners lost in a twinkle of an eye.May God accept their souls in heaven.

  63. Man must survive. Too bad they had to through this sad way. May their souls rest in peace, amen. And also, they should give peace a chance, imagine having such resources at their disposal but disagreements won’t allow them to enjoy what they’re blessed with.

  64. Occupational hazard and I hope there is a kind of insurance for the workers but all the same,is a really sad incident. May their souls rest in peace.

  65. May the souls of the departed rest in peace and Government should take care of the family of the deceased, God grant their families the fortitude to bear the loss.

  66. This could be likened to individuals who go out of the way to burst pipelines with the mindset of making money. The aftermath is tragedy and destruction of lives and properties. May God help us in this life

  67. They were out looking for money but unfortunately they meet death God grant them eternal rest

  68. It is well may their soul rest in peace. I believe this is a result of poverty and greed

  69. This is simply lack of equipment and expertise, those people mining are not expert. May their soul rest in peace.

  70. What a sad news. All this men probably have wives and chicken. I wonder what their families may be going through now.

  71. What a sad incident. May their souls rest in peace and their families, God should give them the fortitude to bear the loss

  72. Accidents happen. They are just inevitable. May the Good lord welcome the lost souls warmly in the heavens and grant the injured quickest recovery

  73. May the soul of the departed rest in the bosoom of our Lord Jesus Christ. And may God console their families.

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