Maputo — Six people died and a further five were injured, one of them critically, on Wednesday in an accident at a gold mine in the district of Macossa, in the central Mozambican province of Manica.
According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Mineral Resources, the accident happened at the Tropa mine, which has recently been opened by artisanal miners.
The Ministry had been working to legalise mining at Tropa, turning it into an area recognised for small scale mining.
A team from the Manica Provincial Directorate of Mineral Resources and Energy has gone to the mine to assess the causes of the disaster. The team will also visit the injured who are undergoing treatment in the Gorongosa Rural Hospital.