"Mine Landslide Claims Lives of at Least 22 in Tanzania"

Twenty-two people have died following a landslide at a mine in northern Tanzania, according to the country’s President, Samia Suluhu Hassan.

President Hassan stated that the landslide occurred at the Ng’alita mine in the Bariadi district of the Simiyu region. She emphasized that these individuals were small-scale miners in the area, striving to make a livelihood for themselves and their families.

Efforts by defense agencies are underway to recover more bodies from the rubble, President Hassan confirmed. She added, “Initially, we were informed that 19 to 20 people were trapped in the mines, but unfortunately, we have recovered 22 bodies,” quoting Simon Simalenga, the Bariadi district commissioner of the region.

Simalenga mentioned that this group had begun mining in the mineral-rich area approximately three weeks ago, before the government implemented safety procedures. The region was under restriction due to heavy ongoing rains.

“The regional mining officer visited them and halted their mining activities, as they were not following the required procedures,” Mr. Simalenga explained.

Tanzania, one of the world’s largest gold producers, frequently experiences unregulated and illegal mining practices.

Piers Potter


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