Honduran officials pronounced Saturday they are losing wish that any of 8 still-trapped workers survived a fall of tiny bullion mine.
Three days after a cave-in, “there is a strong, bad fragrance of genocide within a cave … and that worries us,” pronounced Moises Alvarado, arch of a country’s puncture commission.
“Without oxygen, food or water, it is really formidable to tarry for a 66 hours that those group have been in a mines,” he told a news conference. “We wish for a miracle. And usually a spectacle would let us rescue them alive.”
Eleven workers were means to rush immediately after Wednesday’s collapse, and 3 others were discovered on Friday.
The old, unregulated San Juan Arriba cave is in a alpine municipality famous as El Corpus, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) south of Tegucigalpa, a capital. Officials contend some-more than 1,000 tunnels, many of them unmapped and buried, puncture a hillsides.
About 5,000 people work in artisanal mining in a area, many branch to a mines since plagues ravaged a region’s pellet and coffee crops.