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Death Toll From South African Mine Collapse Hits Seven

All 13 of the employees trapped in the underground Masakhane mine in South Africa have been accounted for.

Following the latest rescue operation, 3 miners were confirmed to have died due to their injuries from the earthquake-triggered mine collapse, raising the toll to seven.

Seismic activity had caused a mine shaft to collapse, trapping several workers.

Operations at the shaft have been suspended since the earth tremors. The department of Mineral Resources has opened an investigation into the accident.

In a statement, President Cyril Ramaphosa said he hoped the investigation into the disaster would identify the causes of the incident and lead to solutions “that will address the unacceptable rate of death in South African mines.”

The 2017 death toll in South Africa’s mines increased to 88, surpassing the 2016 figure of 73, and ending nine straight years of falling fatalities in a country with an unforgiving geology.

Seismic incidents accounted for about 30 percent of mine deaths last year, the DMR said in a statement.

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