People look for diamonds – level 3

23-06-2021 07:00

More than a thousand of treasure seekers raced to KwaHlathi village in South Africa, seeking their fortune in the soil.

The influx came after a man dug up crystal-like stones in an open field, and he spread the word of the discovery. The provincial government shared a video on social media, expressing concerns of what is called a ’diamond rush’. They said that illegal mining activity was taking place at KwaHlathi outside Ladysmith.

The stones haven’t been analyzed by geological experts yet, and authorities have asked people onsite to leave so that a proper investigation could be carried out. However, the lack of clarity around identification of the stones isn’t deterring some people from selling them.

Difficult words: influx (an arrival of large numbers of people or things), mining (the activity of getting things such as coal or metal from the ground by digging), deter (to prevent someone from doing something).

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