MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) – Officials are preparing to launch a rescue of 10 miners who have been trapped in a coal mine in northern Mexico for nine days after most of the flooding in the shafts eased. Relief efforts were hampered.
This was announced on Friday by the National Coordinator for Civil Defense, Laura Velázquez, who indicated at the morning’s presidential conference that “we have all the conditions for the download today (Friday)” to achieve 97% water extraction. Afterwards. shaft in three mines
Civil Defense reported that on Friday morning the military removed four drainage pumps numbered 2 to open up the space and allow the search and rescue brigade to enter.
Since August 3, ten miners have been trapped when a nearby area of an old mine filled with water collapsed at a mine in the Sabinas municipality of the northern state of Coahuila, causing severe flooding of three mining shafts. About 60 meters deep.
15 laborers used to work in the mine, but after the water entered, only five could come out. All the low-income miners worked without safety measures or oversight from the authorities.
Rescue operations have been delayed for several days due to the discovery of several wooden pillars and other concrete elements in sinkholes and heavy flooding.
From the day of the accident, the officials started extracting water from the wells with the help of twenty drainage pumps. However, the process was delayed as the level dropped very slowly, as the water came out from one side and went to the other. In view of this situation, the team in charge of emergency decided to drill twice in the area to prevent excess water from entering.
In this regard, Velázquez reported on Friday that four new drilling would be carried out in the area to continue the extraction of water from the mine.