At least 13 people were killed late Monday morning in the northern Tanzanian city of Arusha when the sides of a quarry caved in, AFP reported Tuesday (April 2nd).
"There are 13 dead but rescuers managed to save two people," said Mulongo Magessa, governor of Arusha province. "One person remains in hospital, the other has been released."
The victims were believed to have been digging in the small quarry for rocks and sand for use in construction projects in Arusha.
Tanzania has been hit by heavy seasonal rains causing flash floods that weakened the sides of the quarry. Digging at the site was declared illegal in 2006 after several people died in a similar incident.
Parliamentarian Godbless Lema, who represents Arusha, called on the government to set rules to prevent similar incidents in the future, according to Tanzania's The Citizen.
"I think it is high time the government set policies which would ensure security at mining sites, especially those which are found in municipal and village lands," he said.