At least 40 Afghans were killed on Sunday when the tunnel they were digging in to mine gold in northern Afghanistan collapsed, officials said. The victims were villagers who were mining for gold illegally. “Poor villagers during winters try to compensate their earnings by pursuing illegal mining. They dig tunnels to enter the mines,” Nek Mohammad Nazari, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said.
About 50 illegal miners were in the mine when the incident occurred and rescue teams were sent in to help the injured. Landslides are frequent in the area.