Not less than 30 people died in Angola mine collapse

Not less than 30 lives were lost after Angola mine collapsed.
Not less than 30 lives were lost after Angola mine collapsed. 

State media confirmed that not less than 30 lives were lost after a mine collapsed at Chipindo municipality in Angola's south-west Huíla Province.

 According to Radio Nacional de Angola (RNA), the tragedy happened at Chiwele locality where the illegal gold miners were at work.

 “The prospectors were extracting gold in the mine when it collapsed due the ground humidity,” RNA said. Huíla Province, about 904km south of Luanda, is rich in mineral resources, that tend to attract people from far and wide.

 Last month, the region is the second most populous after the capital. The minerals found in Huíla Province include iron, gold, kaolin, diamonds, manganese, mica and black granite. 

Cases of mines collapsing and trapping prospectors are commonplace in southern Africa. 

An incident in Zimbabwe last month killed at least 24 illegal miners.

The EastAfrican
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