Over 20 artisanal miners have been trapped in a remote village in northern Ethiopia after a cave collapse for three days as rescue operations are ongoing.
According to reports, the incident occurred three days ago in the Delanta district while the miners were searching for opal gemstones.
It is however not clear the exact number of individuals trapped, and the challenging terrain has made rescue efforts difficult.
Hundreds of locals are trying to dig openings for the miners, as the village’s landscape has made it difficult to get support from machines.
Rescue attempts have so far been unsuccessful, but the authorities remain hopeful of finding survivors.
The officials said that in a previous incident, a miner was found alive after he was buried inside the cave for seven days.