The collapse of an artisanal gold mine has left at least five people dead on Tuesday at the Ronghin locality in the central-north of Burkina Faso, a local official said Wednesday.
“The workers were trapped in the rubble. For the time being, at least five individuals were reported dead”, said the official who asked for anonymity.
According to government figures, about 1.2 million people are registered in the artisanal gold mining sector in the country. However, the sector has been vulnerable to frequent deadly landslides.
Burkina Faso sees a growing scramble for gold as the west-African country has experienced a mining boom in the last decade with 15 operational industrial mines, of which 14 are gold mines and one zinc mine.
Gold production in Burkina Faso reached 51.63 tons in 2018, up from 46.39 tons in 2017, an 11.3 percent increase.
The gold sub-sector’s contribution to the gross domestic product also increased from 7.9 percent in 2015 to 10.6 percent in 2018, exceeding the national 10.2 percent target by 2020. Enditem