Nearly eight workers who were trapped inside a flooded mine in Burkina Faso would be rescued alive is fading, two weeks since the accident occurred, as per the diplomat.
One of the eight holds a Tanzanian passport.
According to Tanzania’s High Commissioner to Nigeria and the entire Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas), Dr Benson Bana, no one from eight people had been rescued. The rescue mission is still on.
From his point of view, the rain started filling the mine with water when the workers were 500 metres inside the ground.
The embassy is closely following up on the rescue mission, and the Burkina Faso prime minister also recently visited the site. He showed his concern about the safety standard of the mine even before the disaster happened, said Dr Bana.
The accident that occurred on April 16, 2022, was revved by the heavy rainfall, which caused flooding at the Perkoa mine owned by a Canadian-based firm. Trevali Mining Corp.
While a Tanzania passport holder identified as Marco Bwire from Mara Region was also one of those trapped in the mine, one was Zambian, and the rest were Burkinabés.
Burkina Faso’s Premier Albert Ouedraogo was recently quoted saying that his government has banned mine managers from leaving the country while the legal investigation is proceeding.
Safety measures have been taken in order to stop the persons in charge of the mine from escaping the country, and instructions have been given firmly to the Minister of security for this said PM.
Mine Management team has also issued a statement on the incident expressing their commitment to collaborate with the rescuing process.