A tragic incident unfolded in the Angelo informal settlement in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni, as 24 people lost their lives after inhaling a highly toxic gas on Thursday, July 6, 2023. The incident is believed to be linked to illegal mining activities in the area.
Ekurhuleni Emergency Medical Services (EMS) spokesperson, William Ntladi, confirmed the devastating event, stating that the victims were discovered in various shacks within the settlement.
Boksburg | At least 24 people have reportadly died of gas leak
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Reports emerged when a resident alerted authorities about a strange smell and individuals collapsing.
In response, the EMS swiftly dispatched 12 ambulances and a hazardous material unit to the scene. The investigation revealed that a nearby mine shaft was the source of the lethal gas leak, suspected to be methane—a highly flammable and toxic gas.
Ntladi disclosed that the police are actively investigating allegations of illegal mining activities contributing to the gas leak.
WATCH | 24 Boksburg residents suffocate to death after gas leak from suspected illegal mining activities
At least 24 people have died at Angelo informal settlement in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni, after inhaling a highly toxic gas linked to illegal mining on Thursday, 6 July 2023.… pic.twitter.com/9Hxb90ZJvb
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The area has been cordoned off, and authorities are conducting thorough inquiries into the incident.
Expressing his condolences, Ntladi extended sympathies to the families affected by the tragedy. He urged residents to temporarily vacate the area until it is declared safe, emphasizing the dangers associated with illegal mining, which poses severe risks to life and property.