Mexico’s president visits website of trapped miners as rescue efforts intensify

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador referred to as, Sunday, to accentuate efforts to rescue 10 miners trapped in a flooded coal mine, throughout a go to to look at the rescue operation intently.

Family of the lacking have gotten more and more determined 4 days after the mine within the northern state of Coahuila was flooded, fearing they’d run out of time to get them out alive.

Authorities mentioned almost 400 troopers and different personnel, together with six navy divers, have joined the rescue effort, however getting into the mine has up to now been extraordinarily harmful.

“We’ve got to do all the things we’re doing and extra” to search out the lacking miners, Lopez Obrador instructed reporters whereas visiting the location in Agujeta.

“I need it to be executed as rapidly as attainable,” he added.

The main focus was on pumping water out of the mine to make it secure sufficient to go down the 60 m (200 ft) deep corridors.

“There may be progress. Water ranges proceed to fall. Way more extraction continues,” Coahuila Governor Miguel Angel Riquelme mentioned.

He added that rescuers have been able to enter the mine “as quickly as the degrees went down”.

5 miners managed to flee from the primitively constructed mine within the aftermath of the catastrophe, however since then, no survivors have been discovered.

Authorities mentioned the miners have been doing digging once they hit a close-by space filled with water.

Efforts across the clock Lopez Obrador had declared Saturday a “decisive day” for the operation.

However by the tip of the day, the water contained in the mine had receded solely about 9.5 meters from the 34 metres, authorities knowledgeable kinfolk.

Liliana Torres, the niece of one of many lacking staff, mentioned she witnessed the brutality of the rescuers who “do not cease all day”, however added that households have been more and more “determined”.

Some households joined a mass close to their makeshift camp within the Agujeta neighborhood to hope for the secure return of their family members.

The water seen flowing from the mine by way of the drainage channels had earlier dashed the hopes of kinfolk who had prayed that the miners have been alive inside a pocket of air.

“We nonetheless hope they’re within the increased half (of the mine), though there may be lots of water … however we belief in God,” Elva Hernandez, mother-in-law of one of many trapped miners, instructed AFP.

The Coahuila State Legal professional’s Workplace mentioned it had interviewed the 5 miners who managed to flee from the mine.

“It’s clear that they have been expelled due to a torrent of water,” Coahuila’s public prosecutor, Gerardo Marquez, instructed the press.

He added that his workplace requested info from the landowner and the concessionaire of the mine, however he refused to offer their names.

Coahuila’s Minister of Labor, Nazira Al Zoghbi, mentioned on Saturday that specialists had detected a leak coming from close by mines and have been making an attempt to find it precisely in order that they may stop water from flowing into the realm the place the employees have been trapped.

It mentioned a French firm had offered tools to assist with the mission, with out naming the corporate.

Coahuila, Mexico’s predominant coal-producing area, has skilled a collection of deadly mining accidents through the years.

Final 12 months, seven miners have been killed once they obtained trapped within the space.

The worst explosion accident that killed 65 folks was on the Pasta de Conchos mine in 2006.

Solely two our bodies have been recovered after that tragedy.

(AFP)

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