Mexico: Relatives of the ten minors trapped underground lose hope
© AFP l es close to the ten minors stuck underground in northeast Mexico began to lose hope on Friday almost 48 hours after the collapse of three coal wells under the pressure of a flood. For the second night in a row, a hundred relatives slept near the area curly by the security forces to allow the work of the aid, noted an AFP team in the locality of Sabinas (Coahuila State) . The minors are blocked in wells with a depth of 60 meters, according to the authorities.
The rescuers are always mobilized, but the conditions worsen © Alfredo Lara/AP/SIPA During the rescue Lifetanage - the rescuers are always mobilized, but the conditions worsen
It has been almost 10 days that minors are stuck under land as a result of the collapse and flood of three wells of coal. But this Sunday, the situation almost got worse. A "sudden increase in water level" occurred in the flooded mine, which could complicate the rescue operation, the authorities announced.
The level of the water of the well n ° 2, which had been established until Friday at 70 cm and could allow access to the emergency services, 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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nearly 400 rescuers are already mobilized to save the ten minors stuck in the bottom of a coal mine, In northeast of Mexico © Alfredo Lara/AP/SIPA Ten minors are stuck under the ground in the aftermath of the collapse and flood of three coal wells in northeast Mexico. Rescue - Nearly 400 rescuers are already mobilized to save the ten minors stuck in the bottom of a coal mine, in northeast Mexico The president of Mexico asks for help "more efforts ”to find people blocked underground.
A new strategy implemented
to wells 3 and 4, water reaches 15.5 m and 12.5 m respectively, an increase of 8 to 10 m from 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.
This news nevertheless represents a particularly hard blow for the families of minors who expressed the fear of too late intervention on Saturday to save their loved ones.
Mexican authorities announced on Friday that the "conditions" were met for rescuers to enter the flooded mine, looking for 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, on 3 August, said the defense secretary, Luis Cresencio Sandoval.
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Wednesday, a diver had entered one of the wells but had not been able to move forward because he had encountered "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.
According to the authorities, the minors carried out excavation work on August 3 when they pierced a water table. Coahuila, the main coal producer region of Mexico, has experienced a series of fatal mining accidents over the years. The worst occurred in the Pasta de Conchos mine in 2006 when a stroke of gray killed 65 minors. Mondemexic: It is necessary to make it "more" to help the ten minors trapped underground, according to the president Mondemexic: Ten people blocked at the bottom of a coal mine, counter-clum
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