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30 trapped as mine collapses in Zambia



30 trapped as mine collapses in Zambia
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More than 30 people were feared trapped Friday in a mine collapse in Zambia.

The incident occurred in a region known for illegal open-cast digging for copper, a minister said.

“May I just inform the nation that we have a tragedy brewing in chigola ” Home Affairs Minister Jack Mwiimbu told parliament.

“We have more than 30 people under the rubble” in a makeshift mine, he added. He gave no further details.

The mines ministry did not comment.

It said it would make an inspection first at the site in the Chingola region.

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This is about 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of the capital Lusaka.

Zambia is one of the world’s largest copper producers and Chingola is in the country’s copper-belt region.

The region has one of the world’s largest open-cast copper mines and some of the waste hills are 100 metres (300 feet) high.



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