Here’s a news story from the area close to the B2Gold (BTO.to) El Limón mine in Nicaragua today and here’s a translation:
A house mysteriously sank into the ground in the community of Santa Pancha, in Malpaisillo, León, an incident that took the life of the young Blanca Araceli Sánchez, 28 years old, who was also eight months pregnant. When the house sank under the ground only Araceli’s husband, Manuel Aguilar, could escape and is now in hospital suffering from shock due to the noise that accompanied the event.At the time of this report, the Tritón mining company was excavating with its machinery to find the body of Blanca Araceli. On site there is also a large rescue team comprised of the Civil Defence squadron, fire officers, Red Cross and the National Police.It’s estimated that the house sank 35 metres underground, to which level the rescue team has to descend to find the victim’s body. Also, Leiutenant Colonel Gustavo Rojas, head of the León Civil Defence, said that five families who live close to the accident zone will be evacuated.Eliaza Eugarios, director of the León fire service, said that they are working as quickly as possible and supporting the search for Araceli Sánchez.At this time it is presumed that the event is due to mining excavation of a wide tunnel. However, the Canadian mining company B2Gold (BTO.to) said at midday today that the loss of the house did not occur in the area where it was operating.“It is an old mining zone that hasn’t been worked for decades”, said the superintendent of security for B2Gold at its El Limón mine, Martín Blandón, according to a press release distributed to media channels. “As soon as we heard about the accident, B2Gold Mine El Limón offered its personnel and necessary machinery to attend the situation and the community of Santa Pancha and guarantee the safety of the zone”, said Blandón in the press release.The Canadian company deeply regretted the event and confirmed that it will collaborate with authorities to investigate the causes, at the same time as it contributed to the efforts of the rescue squad in its search and rescue operation.