Death toll mounts to 40 in Afghanistan mine collapse

Kabul: The death toll in the gold mine collapse here on Sunday rose to 40, while 10 miners were reportedly injured.

CNN quoted Afghan parliament member Fawzia Koofi saying in a statement, “Ten other miners were injured in the incident which happened as they searched for gold in the Kohestan district of Badakhshan province.”

According to Tolo News, miners were still working at the accident site when the gold mine collapsed around 11 am in the north-eastern Badakhshan province of Afghanistan.

The spokesman for Badakhshan governor, Nek Mohammad Nazari said that the miners, who were injured in the accident, were rushed to a hospital.

Meanwhile, the officials did not mention anything regarding the number of miners still trapped inside the gold mine.

The death toll in the mine collapse incident is expected to rise.