8 miners killed in NW Tanzania: police-Xinhua

8 miners killed in NW Tanzania: police

Source: Xinhua| 2023-03-12 00:11:15|Editor: huaxia

DAR ES SALAAM, March 11 (Xinhua) -- Eight miners were killed early Saturday after their mining pit was filled with rainwater in Tanzania's northwestern region of Geita, police said on Saturday.

Safia Jongo, the Geita regional police commander, said the accident occurred at 3: 30 a.m. local time at Igando village in Magenge ward in the region, reputed for gold mining.

"After the water filled in the mining pit, the miners could not trace their way out," said Jongo, adding that they died from suffocation.

She said the miners were mining gold in a mine that has been prohibited by authorities because of poor security.

Jongo said all eight bodies have been recovered and identified by their relatives.