12 die in Mozambique mining accident: report
Twelve miners have died in a mine collapse in Mozambique's remote northwest, state media reported on Wednesday.world Updated: Jul 16, 2009 08:11 IST
Twelve miners have died in a mine collapse in Mozambique's remote northwest, state media reported on Wednesday.
The victims were likely all Mozambicans, the governor of Niassa province, Arnaldo Bimbe, told the Noticias newspaper. Local officials said few details were available because of the mine's remote location.
Northwestern Mozambique is rich in gold, coal and other mineral resources, and informal mining is widespread.
The formal mining sector was underdeveloped for years due to Mozambique's 16-year civil war, which ended in 1992.
Informal mining is widespread in Niassa province.