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Ethiopia: Hope fades as operation to rescue trapped miners enters day four

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Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey is an experienced African journalist who has worked with top media brands in Ghana where he is based.

Hope is fading as an operation to save over 20 miners trapped in northern Ethiopia enters the fourth day without any success.

The over 20 artisanal miners were trapped in the Delanta district while searching for opal gemstones.

It is however not clear the exact number of individuals trapped, and the challenging terrain has made rescue efforts difficult.

Hundreds of locals are trying to dig openings for the miners, as the village’s landscape has made it difficult to get support from machines.

Rescue attempts have so far been unsuccessful, but the authorities remain hopeful of finding survivors.

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The officials said that in a previous incident, a miner was found alive after he was buried inside the cave for seven days.

Hundreds of locals are trying to dig openings for the miners, as the village’s landscape has made it difficult to get support from machines.

Rescue attempts have so far been unsuccessful, but the authorities remain hopeful of finding survivors.

The officials said that in a previous incident, a miner was found alive after he was buried inside the cave for seven days.

“We, residents, have been working on shifts, day and night, for the past few days to remove the rocks but it is very hard, says Tesfaye Agazh in Ethiopia’s Delanta district.

He is among hundreds of locals trying desperately to free more than 20 miners who became trapped in a cave three days ago while looking for opals.

“Days on, there is still a lot to dig and it doesn’t seem like we are getting any closer,” Mr Tesfaye tells the BBC.

“We are hoping we will get survivors, but we know it is a mere chance. “We are not stopping until we find them whether alive or dead.”

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Source: Africafeeds.com

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