Five dead in gold mine collapse in storm-hit Mozambique

Wednesday February 02 2022
Mozambican National Institute of Disaster Risk Management

In this hand out photo distributed by the Mozambican National Institute of Disaster Risk Management (INGD) on 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 | AFP



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.