The incident took place yesterday in Gatara village, Murwa cell, Kivuye sector of Burera district in Northern Province.
The mayor of Burera district, Marie Chantal Uwanyirigira has confirmed that the man died as he along with colleagues dug up sand in unlicensed sandpit.
“These men were digging up sand in hidden sandpit. It is said that they were doing the activity in a garden belonging to one of them. Unfortunately, one lost life as the sandpit collapsed leaving two others injured,” she said.
“We have reinforced measures against illegal mining even though some people do it behind backs. We advise them to seek license and do such activities openly lest they are exposed to fatal accidents,” added Uwanyirigira.
The body was taken to Butaro Hospital for postmortem while injured people were taken to Rusasa Health Centre for medical attention.