Seven trapped as mine collapses in heavy rain and anxious relatives wait at top

Rescue teams are looking for at least seven workers trapped in a Mexican mine that collapsed due to flooding.

In the mine in Coahuila, northeast Mexico, family members are eagerly awaiting news from the authorities that the accident occurred around noon local time.

Local authorities have said the mine is flooded and the workers are in tunnels.

It has rained heavily in the area for the past 48 hours and Francisco Contreras, deputy chief of operations for the local civil defense, told El Financiero that pumps are being used to drain the mine.

He said efforts were under way to rescue the miners and to investigate what caused the collapse.

Around 200 people are involved in the rescue attempt for the miners named Leopoldo Mendez, 20; Damian Robles, 27; Gonzalo Cruz, 53; Mauricio Cortes, Humberto Rodríguez, 40; Pedro Ramírez and Francisco Briseno, 24.

“With the aim of helping the local authorities after the collapse of the mine in Muzquiz, Coahuila, personnel of the National Guard […] went to the area to ensure safety and to help rescue teams reach the trapped workers, ”said a National Guard statement.

The region has experienced heavy rainfall and flooding in the past 48 hours

It is reported that two workers, Orlando and Pedro Sanchez, escaped before the mine collapsed and sounded the alarm.

The area has one of the lowest populations in Mexico and the mines are an important source of income.

A tragedy occurred in a mine in Coahuila in February 2006 when an explosion trapped 65 workers and later only two bodies were recovered.

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