DEATH TOLL RISES TO 10 IN COLOMBIA MINE DISASTER

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SANTANDER DE QUILICHAO, Colombia: Rescue workers recovered more bodies on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) of people killed in a landslide at an illegal gold mine in western Colombia, raising the death toll to 10, with an additional six feared dead. Miners had been laboring with hand tools to extract gold from the open pit mine when it was hit by an avalanche of mud, rock and earth on Wednesday. “Today, we located seven bodies; those of four men and three women. And we still have six people missing,” said Juan Sandoval, a civil defense spokesman in the Cauca department town of Santander de Quilichao.  Colombia has upwards of 14,000 mines, more than half of which operate without proper permits, officials said.

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