Collapse of illegal Tanzanian gold mine kills 19 people

The collapse of an illegal gold mine killed 19 people in northwest Tanzania, a senior police official said yesterday. The accident occurred on Thursday night at Kahama district, Shinyanga region, near Acacia Mining’s licensed Bulyanhulu gold mine which is majority-owned by Canada’s Barrick Gold Corp. The bodies were recovered on Friday.

The small-scale miners were buried alive after the tunnels they were digging collapsed. All the bodies have been recovered.

Justus Kamugisha, Shinyanga region’s police chief

He said police had asked for help from Bulyanhulu gold mine in the search for survivors. Unsafe and unregulated illegal mining is widespread in Tanzania, which is Africa’s fourth-largest gold producer after South Africa, Ghana and Mali.