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07. Removing water with bucket and rope (Maromakotra)

Removing water with Bucket and Rope (Maromakotra)
In areas where the water table encroaches on mining pits, artisanal miners use rudimentary methods to remove the water, often just a bucket on a rope. One miner aboveground removes water temporarily while a miner below digs quickly, often partially immersed in dirty water himself. Miners tell of men who drown in pits that refill too quickly with water.