Burkina Faso is investigating a BC mining company after flooding left 8 people trapped underground

The government of Burkina Faso, a landlocked country in West Africa, has opened a judicial inquiry into a flood at a zinc mine that left eight workers trapped, with rescue efforts entering a third week, it said. -he declares.

B.C.-based Trevali Mining Corp. suspended operations at its Perkoa mine on April 16 when heavy rains caused flash flooding and left eight workers missing underground. Search and rescue efforts are underway, he said Monday.

After a visit to the site on Sunday, Burkinabe Prime Minister Albert Ouedraogo said those responsible for the mine had been banned from leaving the country while investigations were underway into the cause of the incident.

“Precautionary measures have been taken to prevent mine officials from leaving the country and firm instructions have been given to the Minister of Security to this effect,” said a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.

Trevali, headquartered in Vancouver, said he had received no official communication but was aware of the premier’s comments. The company is also investigating the cause of the crash, he added.

“Trevali’s senior management remains at the Perkoa mine and oversees active mine dewatering and rehabilitation work,” said Jason Mercier, the company’s director of investor relations.

“Trevali continues to work at full capacity, around the clock, to locate missing workers,” he told Reuters.

In an earlier statement, the company said that while most underground workers were able to evacuate safely, the eight missing workers were working below the 520 level, 520 meters above the surface, at the time of the flood.

There are two chambers of refuge below the 520 level designed in case the miners are trapped, but the company said it does not know if any of the missing workers were able to reach them.