Deep underground in a gold and copper mine in San Jose, Chile, 33 miners await rescue. Buried alive these men have now lived at 700m (2,296ft) underground, cut off from the outside world, for longer than any other miner in history. Hopes of getting them all out alive rest on a drilling operation that is currently underway.
Initially, the miners were advised they might not be rescued till Christmas. However, the latest indicators are that they could be out by the first week in November. Chile’s Mining Minister Laurence Golbourne has so far refused to be drawn on a rescue date.
Category: South America / Chile / Mining Rescue
Help from around the world is now arriving in Haiti following the devastating earthquake that hit the country recently. The tiny Caribbean country that is one of the poorest in the world was hit by the 7.0 magnitude earthquake on January 12. More than 3m people have been affected.
President Obama has been joined by former Presidents George W Bush and Bill Clinton in organising help. Together they are spearheading a fund raising drive to help survivors of the Haiti earthquake and are urging people to send cash to help the relief effort.
Meanwhile, authorities in Haiti now say as many as 200,000 people may have died following Tuesday’s earthquake. It has prompted a worldwide humanitarian response from different governments as rescuers race to save people still in the rubble.