An electrical fire has gutted at least 15 Tanzanite mines in Manyara region causing millions of dollars of damage.
The fires, which started in the Simanjairo district late Monday, quickly spread through the mines while TANESCO crews were performing upgrade work.
“Technicians were on their regular work in the mining area before the fire broke out,” says Manyara Regional Commissioner Joel Bendera.
Bendera says that while investigations are still ongoing, he believes an electrical fault is to blame.
“Mining experts, TANESCO engineers, police officers and miners are on the ground for thorough investigations and evaluation of the losses.”
There are over 100 mines in the area, and Manyara Miners Association chairman Sadiki Mneney says it’s likely over 2,500 workers will be jobless.
“Early evaluations show that the loss is over $4.5 million USD. This might increase tremendously after the final evaluation.”