100 Miners Feared Dead in Tanzania
Apr. 12, 1998
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) _ Heavy rains flooded mine shafts in northern Tanzania, leaving at least 100 miners missing, state radio reported Sunday.
Fourteen shafts, some as deep as 300 feet, were flooded following rains Thursday and Friday, Radio Tanzania quoted Arusha Regional Commissioner Daniel Ole Njolay as saying.
The miners were digging tanzanite, a gemstone used in jewelry, in mines about 43 miles south of Arusha, the broadcast said.
Njolay said two bodies have been recovered, but the search for others has been hampered by lack of heavy earth moving equipment.
The miners, who are licensed by the state and work for themselves, normally dig the shafts by hand and use ropes to lower themselves down and to remove the soil and gemstones.
Officials in Arusha could not be reached for comment Sunday since government offices were closed.