Nine workers were rescued in southern Peru after being trapped inside an abandoned mine for almost a week.
The men had been stuck about 656 feet below ground since the mine partially collapsed on Thursday. A giant hose in place before the accident allowed the miners to receive oxygen and liquids while they were trapped. Once rescued, the miners still needed to get used to the sun still, all of them wearing sunglasses upon exiting.
The cave-in spurred calls to formalize Peru’s vast informal mining sector, which generates as much as $2 billion a year in income, or 60% of its exports, according to private estimates.
52 miners died in Peru last year in work-related accidents, a third of them in mine shaft collapses.
Should Peru formalize their minor sector? Should other countries follow suit?
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