Rescue operation in Tanzania after mine collapse kills five

Rescuers efforts are under way at a gold mine in the east of Tanzania after five miners died when it collapsed at the weekend. Five others are being treated in hospital.

File photo shows group of miners resting near a gemstone mine in the city of Arusha, northern Tanzania, on March 30, 2008, after it flooded during heavy rains (AFP Photo/Simon Maina)
File photo shows group of miners resting near a gemstone mine in the city of Arusha, northern Tanzania, on March 30, 2008, after it flooded during heavy rains (AFP Photo/Simon Maina)

It is not known how many people are trapped underground at the unlicensed mine in Morogoro region.

The authorities are reported to have ordered the closure of the mine where small-scale miners work.

Regional Commissioner Kebwe Stephen Kebwe is quoted in local media saying that people flocked to the area after the discovery of rich gold deposits there. BBC News