An 18-year-old man has been killed after a quarry where he was harvesting sand collapsed, burying him alive.

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The incident occurred in Isyukoni, Masinga Sub-County, Machakos County on Friday morning.

The incident was confirmed by Ekalakala location chief Zipporah Munini who said that the accident occurred due to heavy rains that are being experienced in the region.

She told journalists that the man was already dead by the time his friends managed to get him out.

"He and others were scooping sand when the wall of the quarry collapsed. Unfortunately, the young man didn't make it," said Munini.

She said the body of the man was picked by police officers from Masinga Police Station and moved to Matuu mortuary.

Chief Munini called for the suspension of sand harvesting activities in the region until the rains stop.

"We are experiencing heavy rains thus making the sand lining of the quarries bogus and as the days go by, landslides like these will be witnessed. I would like to ask for sand harvesting activities to be called off for some time until the rains end," she said.