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Environmental inspectors at the site of the Chihuahua mine spill. Environmental inspectors at the site of the Chihuahua mine spill.

Remains of missing miners found in Chihuahua

Search continues for five who were swept away by a spill

The search continues for five miners who disappeared after a dam burst over a week ago at a mine in Urique, Chihuahua, although some remains have been found.

The search for the four men and a woman is being conducted by more than 150 people coordinated by the state Civil Protection office.

Several body parts have been found along a 10-kilometer stretch in which the contents of the mineral tailings dam spilled on June 4 at the Cieneguita gold and silver mine operated by Río Tinto, sweeping away seven miners and machinery.

The state Attorney General’s office said DNA analysis is under way to identify the remains.

The bodies of two other miners were recovered last week.

The environmental protection agency, Profepa, said yesterday the spill contained no heavy metals and the contents were not dangerous.

Inspectors have determined that 249,000 cubic meters of mineral tailings and 190,000 cubic meters of construction materials that formed the collapsed dam were released by the spill.

Source: Reforma (sp)

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