Two dead in western Tanzania's mine accidentChristian Fernsby ▼ | July 26, 2020
At least two miners have been killed from suffocation in a 21.5 meter deep gold mine in Tanzania's western highland region of Rukwa, police said on Saturday.
Tragedy Tanzania Rukwa region
Meela said the accident occurred on Friday at 3:30 p.m. (13:30 GMT) at Kalundi village in Nkasi district in Rukwa region.
"The victims suffocated after they switched on a water pumping machine to pump out water from the mine, but the pumping machine produced smoke that suffocated them," said Meela.
He said a rescue mission by the Tanzania Fire and Rescue Force proved fruitless because it could not reach the miners who were 21.5 meters deep. Meela said police were holding a 52 year old owner of the mine for running the gold mining business without a valid mining license. ■