Twelve people have been killed and another injured in an accident at an illegal coal mine in Colombia, the National Mining and Mining Administration (ANM) has told AFP.
The blast was caused by methane mixing with coal dust, the agency said, adding that the mine was operating without a permit.
Always according to this public service, about 60% of the deaths of miners or miners in accidents this year have been recorded in illegal farms.
In 2020, the Andean state mourned 171 deaths in accidents at mines and quarries, up from 82 the previous year. The extraction of oil, coal and metals brings most of the export revenue to the Colombian government.
Colombia ranks fifth in the world in coal exports. It mined 48,4 million tonnes last year, up from 82,4 million in 2019, according to ANM.