Arusha Regional Police Commander Justine Masejo said that the incident occurred yesterday morning when the miners were conducting their activities at the mine.
“There were six people at that time in the mine while going on with their extraction activities, the topsoil collapsed and buried them,” he said.
He named the deceased asNurdin Rajabu (29), Idd Hussein (26), and Bonkila Martine (27), all of them were residents of Ngorbobo, in Arumeru.
RPC Masejo said that preliminary reports named the injured people as Evarist Martin (25), Haruna Mbasha (32), and Elias Kigeso, all of them from Ngorbobo in Arumeru.
He said that the deceased bodies were taken and kept at the Mount Meru Regional Referral Hospital.
“The casualties were also rushed to the Kisongo health centre where they were given treatment and later discharged after their health had been stabilized,” commander Masejo added.
Arusha Regional Commissioner Iddy Kimanta who visited the accident’s area said that he had already instructed mineral officers to immediately conduct a feasibility study to find out if the mines were safe or not.
“Maybe safety measures were not considered when the Engorora quarry mines commenced operations, so it is better for our experts to go and conduct more investigations and come up with recommendations,” he said.
In April 2019, three people killed and two others injured after one of the mine pits at a sprawling murram quarry they were working in collapsed following heavy rains in Arusha Region.
Police were quoted as saying that the construction material mining pit buried the trio at around 8 am at Moivaro area, Moshono ward in Arusha region.
Reports said that the accident occurred when the quarry miners continued working in the pit when it was heavily raining.
According to police reports, the walls of the pit collapsed after being overwhelmed by the downpour, calling on the workers in the area and other quarries to put their safety first then money.