On Wednesday, according to local media, the death toll from a recent gold mine collapse in the Sudanese state of West Kordofan has risen to 38.
Ismael Tissou, the spokesperson for the Sudanese Mineral Resources Company, confirmed that the accident, which occurred on Tuesday, resulted in 38 deaths and that some miners were still missing due to the accident.
The wounded were taken to a nearby hospital while search and rescue efforts are ongoing, according to local reports.
After South Sudan gained its independence in 2011, the North African country lost three-quarters of its oil revenues and nearly 80 percent of its foreign exchange resources.
Gold mining is a significant source of foreign exchange in Sudan.