The dead bodies of two more missing miners have been found at a zinc mine in Burkina Faso that flooded last month, after days of frantic day-and-night searching, the government said Saturday.
The bodies of four of the eight missing miners were found last week after hopes of finding survivors vanished when rescue workers found the mine’s rescue chamber empty.
Soon after the Canadian-owned Perkoa mine abruptly submerged on April 16 after torrential rain fell unexpectedly during Burkina Faso’s dry season, rescue operations were launched.
The mine has a depth of more than 710m (2,329ft).
The government has launched investigations into the causes of the incident blamed on the “irresponsibility” of those in charge at the mine.
The government said in a statement that search operations were continuing for the remaining two missing miners.