Nine miners have been trapped in an illegal copper-gold mine in Lima since Thursday last – the mine is the Cabeza de Negro mine which is situated approximately 4400-feet above sea level. This has been reported in the Skynews of 9th April 2012
Prime Minister Oscar Valdes feels the rescue would take a couple of more days.
The collapse had resulted from a blast set off by the miners themselves in the unused mine – it had last been exploited commercially in the 1980s.
Oxygen and water have been pumped in for the trapped miners and it is believed that they are safe.
Efforts to rescue them from the 26-feet high mound of earth and soil have been severely hampered because a section of the mine collapsed and work had to be started all over again.
Mining is a major activity of Peru – export of copper accounts for nearly 60% of its economy. It is the second largest exporter of copper in the world after Chile.
Mine shaft collapses are not new to Peru – last year, the death toll in such accidents was 52. But, Peru is still not self-reliant in this aspect. It has to rely on others to provide expertise and equipments.