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A "sudden increase in water level" occurred on Sunday August 14 in a flooded mine where 10 people are trapped in northern Mexico, which could complicate the rescue operation. This is what the authorities announced.

According to the authorities, minors carried out on August 3, excavation work when they pierced a water table. The accident in the El Pinabete mine, located in the state of Coahuila, the main coal producer in Mexico, is the last in a series of accidents in the region and often caused by poor safety conditions.

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This Sunday, August 14, the level of the water of the well n ° 2, which had been established until Friday at 70 cm And could allow access access, now reached 12.92 m, stressed the authorities in a press release, adding that "engineers assess the situation on the spot and the reasons for this sudden increase in the water level".

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in wells 3 and 4, water reaches 15.5 m and 12.5 m respectively, an increase of 8 to 10 m from At the levels recorded on Friday, according to the press release. "The engineers will put in place a new strategy capable of allowing the evacuation of the water from the El Pinabete mine," assured the authorities.

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blow hard for families

This news nevertheless represents a particularly hard blow for the families of minors who fear that the delays taken in the rescue endanger their loved ones. The national rescue coordinator and head of the operation, Laura Velázquez, hastened to insure families in a statement that "the trapped minors will not be abandoned".

Rescue do their best in "exceptional conditions", she explained, stressing that the El Pinabete mine was close to that of Conchas Norte, abandoned thirty years ago, period at which "his water level has become very high ”. The Mexican authorities had announced on Friday that the "conditions" were met for rescuers to enter the flooded mine, in search of 10 missing minors.

Thanks to the incessant pumping, the water level was lowered to 70 centimeters in one of the three wells among which the emergency services had to try to penetrate, while it was 30 meters in the aftermath of the accident, the August 3, said the defense secretary, Luis Cresencio Sandoval.

Wednesday, a diver had entered one of the wells, but could not move forward because he had come up against "obstacles to be able to enter the galleries", according to the governor of the state of Coahuila, Miguel Riquelme. Several hundred people participate in the emergency services, notably with an underwater drone, to save minors whose relatives are increasingly worried as time passes.

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