South Africa mine dam wall collapses, killing 1 and injuring 40

Other News Materials 11 September 2022 21:23 (UTC +04:00)

Flooding caused by the collapse of a mine dam wall in South Africa's Free State province swept away houses and cars on Sunday, the provincial government said, killing one person and injuring another 40, Trend reports citing Reuters.

The disaster occurred in the diamond mining town of Jagersfontein at around 6:00 a.m. (0400 GMT), the government said, forcing officials to evacuate scores of residents to nearby farms.

One person was declared dead after their body was recovered, while 40 people, including one pregnant woman and four individuals with fractured limbs, have been taken to hospitals for treatment.

The government said in a statement that search and rescue efforts are continuing at the dormant diamond mine, which was once owned by De Beers, a unit of Anglo American.

"A detailed report on the circumstances surrounding the incident will be released upon compilation," the office of the Free State Premier said.