The race to reach eight workers trapped in a Canadian-owned zinc flood mine in West Africa is making progress.
Trevali Mining Corp. says access to its Percoa mine in Burkina Faso is improving after more than 32 million liters of water were pumped out of the mine.
Workers were trapped more than 500 meters below the surface on April 16 when torrential rains caused flooding that tore through two piles outside the mine, Trevali said in a statement to CBC News on Tuesday.
At that time, 16 other underground workers managed to escape.
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The families of trapped men use their faith to give them hope.
“May God protect us. “Let him bring our spouses, our sons and our children out alive,” said Silvia Bakoala, a representative of the families of the missing, in one of the government’s many videos.
The government of Burkina Faso has thanked the international community for donating time and equipment to nearby mining companies.
“This mobilization goes beyond our borders,” said Jean Alphonse Som, Minister of Mines. “This allows us to maintain this hope.”
Vancouver-based Trevali has come under fire for responding to emergency situations over its safety on the ground.
Earlier this month members of his management team were barred from leaving the country while a trial was taking place.
Trevali says it is investigating whether the government’s demands will be met.
“We understand that the government is concerned about having the appropriate staff available to meet with those in the government who are investigating the flood,” said Trevali spokesman Jason Mercier.
“The search continues to be led by our tallest local team.”
Industry observers are also frustrated by the company’s apparent lack of flood response capabilities.
Heavy machinery ոմ pumping equipment was to be imported from other African countries, such as Ghana, South Africa, according to both the company and the government of Burkina Faso.
According to the information service of the government of Burkina Faso, the local authorities have also provided the EU with a list of necessary resources to speed up the search.
Global Affairs Canada says it is aware of the situation and is in contact with local authorities.
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