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Gold Mines in Niger Temporarily Closed After Mass Animal Deaths Linked to Contaminated Water

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  • Gold Mines in Niger Temporarily Closed After Mass Animal Deaths Linked to Contaminated Water

    Monday 06 May 2024 - 12:00
    Walaw News

    A series of mysterious mass animal deaths has prompted authorities in Niger to close several gold mines. The fatalities, suspected to be caused by contaminated water released from mining operations, have had a profound impact on local herding communities.

    In over a dozen villages surrounding the town of Tabelot, dozens of goats, sheep, and camels have died without any apparent cause. This led herders to suspect that mining activities by the Chinese company Sahara SARL were to blame. ...

    Following investigations by gendarmerie and police last Friday, Niger's Ministry of Mines ordered the temporary closure of at least four mining sites. ...

    A series of mysterious mass animal deaths has prompted authorities in Niger to close several gold mines. The fatalities, suspected to be caused by contaminated water released from mining operations, have had a profound impact on local herding communities. In over a dozen villages surrounding the
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