Fresh landslide at Honduras mine where eight are trapped

 Firefighters walk towards a gold mine affected by a landslide to join rescue operations for eight miners who remain trapped in San Juan Arriba on 6 July, 2014 The official search had to be suspended because of the risk of further landslides

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There has been a fresh landslide at a makeshift gold mine in Honduras where 11 miners were trapped on 2 July.

Three of the men were freed on 4 July, but the rescuers have not been able to reach the remaining eight and it is not clear whether they are still alive.

The official search was suspended on Monday because of the risk of further landslides, but locals continued digging regardless.

The new collapse has blocked the entrance to the mine.

The accident on 2 July happened in a vertical tunnel at a depth of about 80m (260ft).

Rescue workers were able to locate the three miners they freed after they heard their shouts. But nothing has been heard from the other eight.

Dangerous business

Local officials say there are more than 50 makeshift mines in the area around El Corpus, about 110km (70 miles) south of the capital, Tegucigalpa.

A soldier stands guard at the entrance of a collapsed gold mine where miners are trapped in San Juan Arriba, on 4 July, 2014. Despite the risks, thousands of people in the Choluteca region scramble down the mine shafts every day

Thousands of people use ladders to climb down into shafts as deep as 200m (656ft) every day.

Armed with pickaxes, they hack away at the tunnel walls to try to extract minute gold nuggets from the soil.

It is a highly risky way to make a living in an area prone to earthquakes and landslides and the government is keen to move people into other sectors.

On Tuesday, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez said he would support programmes to offer locals alternative employment in areas such as coffee growing.

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