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Three die of suffocation in Tanzania mine

ARUSHA, Tanzania, (Xinhua) -- Three people died of suffocation at a gold mine pit in southwestern Tanzania on Monday, authorities confirmed on Tuesday.

Rehema Madusa, Chunya District Commissioner said that the accident occurred at around 11 a.m., Monday, in a remote village of Itumba in the district of Chunya.

Mbeya Region Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police Dhahir Kidavashar, said the deceased workers were using a pump to draw water from a mine pit to extract gold from sand when the accident happened.

Madusa said due to water shortage, people in the district are forced to use a pump connected to a generator to direct water into the mine.

According to Madusa, two men went into the pit, where they were overwhelmed by carbon dioxide produced by the generator smoke. A third man died after jumping into the ditch to save the two without taking any precaution. 


Road accident kills 10 people in Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM, (Xinhua) -- At least 10 people were killed and scores of others were injured on Wednesday morning after a bus collided head on with a mini-bus in Kwimba district, Mwanza region on the shores of Lake Victoria.

Ahmed Msangi, Mwanza regional police commander, said the accident occurred at around 6:15 a.m. local time. He could not say what caused the accident, explaining that police were continuing with investigations.

The accident occurred barely two days after 12 people were killed on Monday night after their bus overturned at Kifanya in the country’s southern highlands region of Njombe.


Twelve killed after bus overturns in S. Tanzania

ARUSHA, Tanzania, (Xinhua) -- Twelve people died and 22 others injured when a passenger bus overturned on a highway Monday night in southern Tanzania’s Njombe region, police said Tuesday.

Regional Police Commander Prudenciana Protas confirmed the accident, saying it occurred at around 8:00 p.m. local time in Lilombwi area, along the Makambako-Songea highway, some 700 kilometers from Dar es Salaam.

She said the driver of bus, which was heading to Songea Municipality from Dar es Salaam, was speeding, resulting in him losing control of the bus which then rolled three times before landing on its roof.

The driver however fled the scene, and the police have mounted a search to arrest him.

According to Protas, the injured people were rushed at the Kibena Regional Hospital for observation and treatment.

Makambako-Songea highway is one of the Tanzania’s roads which are prone to accidents as the highway has many sharp corners and steep slopes.


Lightning strike kills 2 in Tanzania  

ARUSHA, Tanzania, (Xinhua) -- At least two people were killed and five others injured after being struck by lightning in northwestern Tanzania, police said Monday.

Shinyanga Regional Police commander (RPC) Muliro Jumanne confirmed the incident, saying it occurred on Sunday evening in an area close to a livestock watering hole located in Ntundu village of Kahama District, Shinyanga Region. 

He said that before the accident, seven people were taking cover under a tree during a downpour and were killed on the spot.

The RPC said that survivors had been rushed to nearby medical facilities.

Such incidents usually occur during this time of the year when the season of long rains started in the region.

The RPC has urged citizens to take precaution and avoid taking cover under trees, stones or tall buildings in order to avoid being struck by lightning.



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