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Explosions in gold mine cause 58 deaths in Burkina Faso

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Explosions in gold mine cause 58 deaths in Burkina Faso

Ougadougou, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) The explosions in a chemical products warehouse in the gold mine of Gblombora city (southwest) caused 59 deaths, according to press media in this city, capital of Burkina Faso.
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The balance, considered provisional, includes approximately a hundred injured people, according to the sources, that quoted witnesses of the catastrophe.

The first explosion occured at around 2:00 a.m, followed by others that caused panic among the population, according to statements by witnesses and local authorities.

Although the cause of the tragedy is still unkown, it is well known that with the spread of small-scale gold prospecting in this West African country small mines have sprung up, in which there is a little care in the application of safety standards.

At present, Burkina Faso, one of the world´s poorest countries, is among the top five gold producers in Africa.

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