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Mine workers Rescue Efforts/AIFA operations

By Karin Dilge | Tue, 08/09/2022 - 11:59

Rescue Efforts. President López Obrador said he estimates that between Wednesday and Thursday the collapsed mine will be accessible and rescue teams will be able to enter the mine. Nonetheless, Head of Civil Protection Laura Velázquez Alzúa said that the necessary conditions to access the mine are not yet optimal. The mine workers have been trapped in the mine since last Wednesday when residents of the Sabinas municipality reported the collapse.

According to the government, 15 mine workers were working at a depth of 60m at the coal mine located in Sabinas, Coahuila, when the walls of the tunnels collapsed, flooding the three pits. Authorities are currently draining the water so they can enter the mine and rescue the miners. Five out of the 15 mine workers were able to escape: three of them are at the hospital while two have been discharged.

AIFA operations. Isidro Pastor Román, Director General of the Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA), reported that starting August 15, operations will increase from 12 to 46 daily flights. The flights will be domestic with destinations like La Paz, Mexicali, Huatulco, Puerto Escondido and Oaxaca and will be operated by Aeroméxico, Volaris and Viva Aerobus.

The AIFA was inaugurated on March 21, 2022. However, it was highly criticized since its construction works, especially for its access, have remained unfinished. In addition, as the AIFA continues to have low occupancy in flights, the International Airport of Mexico City (AICM)’ saturation problem has not been resolved. Previously, Vice Minister of Transportation Rogelio Pons announced that the government plans to publish a decree to reduce to 50 arrivals and departures per hour at the AICM so that the AIFA would get more flights.

COVID-19. Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell celebrated the fourth consecutive week of where COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations have decreased.

According to López-Gatell, the fifth wave reached its maximum peak during the week of June 27 and since the first week of July it has decreased since then. Moreover, he reported that hospital occupancy of general beds stands at 12 percent while beds with ventilators stand at 4 percent. 

The Ministry of Health communicated in its last technical report that the total number of COVID-19 infections stand at 6,859,970 while the death toll at 328,342. In the last 24 hours, the country has registered 2,500 infections and 22 deaths.


The data used in this article was sourced from:  
Milenio, Joaquín López Doriga
Karin Dilge Karin Dilge Journalist and Industry Analyst