At least 22 people have died after an illegal gold mine collapsed in northern Tanzania following heavy rains. The accident took place at Ngalita mine in Bariyadi district of Simiu region on Saturday local time.
This information was reported by the British media, BBC, citing officials.
Simon Simalenga, the region’s Bariadi district administrator, said a group of men aged between 24 and 38 were digging an unsafe area when the accident occurred. However, the government did not approve the mining of that mine. Before that they started digging.
The President of Tanzania, Samia Suluhu Hassan, has expressed grief over this accident. In a post on social media X, he said the small-scale miners were trying to earn a living for their families.
The Tanzanian government has worked for years to improve the safety of small-scale miners. But the country still has unsafe and unregulated illegal mining. Tanzania is the fourth largest gold producer in Africa after South Africa, Ghana and Mali.