More than 30 people remain trapped in Zambia after a mine collapse

photo: "X" tragedy in a mine in Zambia

More than 30 people were trapped in a mine collapse in Zambia, local authorities said.

Home Affairs and Internal Security Minister Jack Mwimbu told parliament that the incident took place in the town of Chingola, in Zambia's copper-rich region.

- We have more than 30 people under the ruins and we are fighting to get them out, said the minister and added that rescue teams are on the ground.

Mines and Minerals Development Minister Paul Kabuswe said from the scene that no one has yet been found and it is not known exactly how many people are trapped.

It did not say whether they were "informal miners", but this type of mining is common in Chingola.

Zambia is among the top 10 copper producers in the world. Cobalt is also mined in Chingola.

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