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Trevali recovers bodies of remaining workers missing after flooding event at Perkoa mine

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(Kitco News) - Trevali Mining (TSX: TV) reported today that search team members have discovered the bodies of the remaining two workers unaccounted for following an April 16 flooding event at the Perkoa zinc mine in Burkina Faso.

The company said that the two workers were discovered following dewatering, the first on June 8 at the 640 Level and the second on June 19 in the decline leading to the 670 Level, adding that six workers were previously recovered by search teams late last month.

According to a press-release, all eight workers unaccounted for after the flooding event have now been recovered.

"This is a profoundly sad day for the families, friends, and colleagues of the eight workers who lost their lives. All of us at Trevali grieve the loss and offer our deepest condolences to our colleagues' families and friends during this difficult time," said President and CEO Ricus Grimbeek.

The company added that senior representatives of Trevali and the Perkoa mine mining contractor Byrnecut have been in regular contact with the families of all eight workers and will continue to offer support.

The company also noted it is working alongside the Burkinabe authorities as the Trevali operations team coordinates the dewatering and rehabilitation of the Perkoa mine.

"Trevali expresses its deep appreciation for the tireless efforts and support in the search and rescue operation from the Burkinabe authorities and from the mining community in Burkina Faso," said Grimbeek.

The company and the Burkinabe authorities are investigating the events around the flooding event. Mining and milling operations at Perkoa will remain suspended for the foreseeable future and the company has suspended its production and cost guidance for 2022 as it relates to Perkoa, Trevali added.

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