Mozambique cleans four polluted rivers

8 January 2016

Four of the six rivers polluted by artisanal mining in Manica province, central Mozambique have been cleaned after an operation involving various services that took 10 months, said the spokesman for the Manica provincial government.

Estêvão Rupela said that coordinated action by the Environmental and Wildlife Force, the public security police and the department of mineral resources made it possible to clean the areas devastated by artisanal miners who extract unregulated gold, which is then washed and processed with mercury and sodium borate in the rivers.

The spokesman said that the work had made the water of the Chimeza, Lucite, Nhancuarara and Zambuzi ives clear again, although the Púnguè and Revue rivers were still polluted, the latter being the main tributary of the Chicamba, the dam that distributes water and energy to Manica province.

The government of Manica had established last December as the deadline for elimination of pollution of rivers, but the artisanal miners resisted the operation by environmental services to shut down illegal mines in the Mavonde area, a vast illegal mining area the a border region rich in natural resources. (macauhub/MZ)