AT LEAST FOUR KILLED IN MOZAMBIQUE MINE COLLAPSE

At least four people have been killed when an illegal gold mine collapsed in Muaja locality in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, according to a report in the independent daily O Pais.

The collapse occurred on Sunday but by Tuesday, only two bodies had been recovered with at least two other miners buried in the collapsed remnants of the mine. Rescue teams did not have the necessary equipment to dig the bodies out, the daily reported Tuesday.

There could be more bodies, since nobody is sure how many people were working in the mine at the time of the accident.

One of the survivors, Capitao Alberto, told reporters, “our companions were inside extracting he gold, when the land collapsed”.

“We don’t know how many of them there were, but the number could reach 25,” he added.

O Pais estimates that the illegal mine was 30 metres long and ten metres deep. The miners clambered into this hole without any safety gear or protective clothing. Even after the Sunday collapse, miners continued to work at the mine, desperately trying to extract gold, despite all the risks involved.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK