Lusaka — At least 10 subsistence miners were killed when a mine dump known locally as Black Mountain collapsed in Zambia’s second-largest city and copperbelt mining hub Kitwe on Wednesday, police said. The vast mound of dark earth in the country’s northeast has become an economic lifeline for thousands of people who make a living from activities that local media report have been partially legalised. "So far we have retrieved 10 dead bodies and seven bodies of those injured," said Copperbelt Province police commissioner Charity Katanga. Operations to retrieve bodies were continuing, she added. Local media reported that ministers were forced to step in in May after small-scale miners began using explosives to extract copper from the mine dump, damaging nearby properties and possibly dislodging the mound. Zambia has some of the world’s largest copper reserves and the metal accounts for as much as 80% of the country’s export earnings. High levels of unemployment have forced people to re...

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