first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“There are still a lot of people to rescue, and we don’t know what conditions they’re in,” police officer Jose Delgado said by telephone from the mine. “Initially they said there were around 50 people trapped.” Officials had recovered 21 bodies and rescued 18 people who were hurt in the morning collapse, Delgado said. Local residents began excavating in the mine after it was reported that gold had been found deep underground, Delgado said. He added that many of them appeared to have little experience in tunneling or mining, and that rescue efforts were hampered by the lack of any registry or count of how many people entered the mine system. Rich in resources, but with limited government presence across much of the country, Colombia is home to many such makeshift mines, particularly in zones where gold or emeralds have been found. With little to no oversight, mining accidents are a frequent occurrence in this Andean country. By Sergio De Leon THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BOGOTA, Colombia – A makeshift mine in southern Colombia collapsed Saturday after local residents began tunneling for rumored deposits of gold, killing at least 21 people and injuring another 18, authorities said. Efforts were under way to find about 10 people missing and presumed trapped underground in the mine, located near the town of Suarez, 220 miles southwest of the capital, Bogota. last_img read more