Girl still missing after Kenmare mining incident

2010-10-13 15:20

A four-year-old girl is still missing after an incident at Kenmare Resources’s Moma mine in Mozambique.

Last Friday, a settling pond, adjacent to the titanium and zircon mine, breached its southern retaining wall.

“As a result, water, sand and clay flowed through part of the nearby village of Topuito,” Kenmare said in an up-dated statement today.

Dredge mining was immediately stopped following the incident and the search for the girl was continuing.

“Supplies of food and blankets, installation of a new fresh water well and other assistance has been provided by Kenmare.”

In total, 388 houses were affected by the discharge.

Kenmare said most of the affected houses suffered only minor damage and repairs to the houses were already under way.

“Approximately 30 houses were more extensively damaged and will be rebuilt by Kenmare.”

The Irish company said the residents of Topuito village, who had to temporarily leave their homes, had been accommodated.

“Cleaning operations to remove mud from the houses and other areas in the village are under way.”

The first of the displaced families were expected to return to their homes today and most of the remaining families were expected to return in the coming week.

Kenmare said it was working with government authorities to investigate the incident. 

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