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Mine collapse in Mexico leaves one dead

Christian Fernsby |
At least one person died after a mine flooded and then collapsed in the Mexican municipality of Muzquiz in the northern state of Coahuila, Mexico's National Civil Protection Coordination said on Saturday.

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The agency said on Twitter that six workers were still trapped in the mine.

According to preliminary reports, the accident occurred on Friday around 12:50 p.m. local time (17:50 GMT) when the flooding of the mine caused the site to collapse.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has instructed the ministries of security and labor to "act immediately" to rescue the miners.

"We are attentive and in coordination with the municipal and state authorities. We want the rescue to be favorable for the families and for everyone," the president wrote on Twitter.

Civil protection officials as well as members of the military and the National Guard are working to drain the mine with hydraulic pumps and rescue the trapped workers.

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