At least 10 die in a landslide at gold mine in Guinea

At least ten people were killed by a landslide at a gold mine in Kounsitel, in northwestern Guinea, a local official said on Wednesday.

The landslide occurred Tuesday in this mine which had been closed but continued to be exploited, said Wednesday to AFP Mamadou Chérif Diallo, mayor of Kounsitel, a rural commune in the Boké region.

“People went to work clandestinely on the site. It was in their maneuvers that the mine collapsed. The provisional toll reports ten dead and several injured. The search is continuing. We do not know how many people there were,” Diallo said.

Landslides on gold sites are frequent and often deadly in Guinea.

At least 15 people were killed in May 2021 by a landslide at a clandestine gold mine near Siguiri in northeastern Guinea.

Although Guinea’s subsoil is full of minerals (bauxite, diamonds and gold), the majority of the population faces serious daily survival problems. More than one in two Guineans lives in poverty according to the UN.

But gold also attracts illegal immigrants from Mali, Senegal and other West African countries.