SANTANDER DE QUILICHAO, Colombia – A collapse at one of Colombia’s many unlicensed mines has killed three people and left another 30 missing under tons of mud and rock in the department of Cauca, rescue officials said on May 1.
As anguished relatives looked on from behind a security perimeter, six backhoes clawed at the earth to try to get to the missing, which include men and women, according to Alexander Sánchez of the Red Cross in Cauca.
“It will be hard to find survivors,” Sánchez said.
The number of missing could rise because it’s based on reports from relatives and others may not yet have come forward.
Luz Holanda Nazarín, whose nephew was among the missing, said she had given up hope.
“Not even God knows where they are,” Nazarín, 50, said.
Sources: AFP, El Tiemp, El Espectador