Five dead in gold mine collapse in Mozambique

In this hand out photo distributed by the Mozambican National Institute of Disaster Risk Management (INGD) and dated January 28, 2022, the bridge between the Mozambican towns of Mocuba and Maganja da Costa in Nampula Province is seen damaged and the surrounded area flooded. (Photo by Antonio BELEZA / INGD Mozambican National Institute of Disaster Risk Management / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /Mozambican National Institute of Disaster Risk Management (INGD) " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Five miners have died after a gold mine collapsed during flooding in central Mozambique’s Manica province, public radio reported Tuesday.

The accident in Sussundenga district, around 170 kilometres (105 miles) west of the provincial capital Beira, occurred on Monday at a mine owned by a group of small-scale self-employed miners.

The head of the mine, Afonso Muagara, blamed the victims for operating during the rainy season when mining is prohibited. 

“Nobody knows why they were there given that no mining activity is allowed when the rain falls,” he said on radio.

Manica province was hit by Tropical Storm Ana, which pummelled the region last week, claiming 86 lives in Mozambique, Madagascar and Malawi. 

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