12 people die from asphyxiation in Venezuelan gold mine

12 people have died from asphyxiation in a shuttered gold mine in southeastern Venezuela, a local official told AFP on Saturday.

"They entered a mine that had been closed for a long time," the secretary of security in El Callao, General Edgar Colina Reyes, said in a telephone interview. The deaths occurred on Wednesday when "the mine was flooded from rains," cutting off the illegal miners' oxygen supply, Colina said.

Source(s): AFP

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