A government official says 75 miners are missing and believed to have died in mines following heavy rains in northeastern Tanzania.

Manyara Regional Commissioner Henry Shekifu says mine owners reported the 75 men went missing Friday as heavy rains pounded their mines in Mererani, 25 miles southeast of Arusha.

Shekifu says the government is trying to get equipment to the mines to drain the water in hopes of retrieving the men.