Illegal Gold Miners Found Dead, 9 Alive, in Zimbabwean Mine

20 Février, 2019, 05:48 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Rescued illegal gold miner

Rescuers on Saturday pulled the exhausted, muddied survivors from the ground and took them to a tent for medical treatment.

Anxious relatives and other miners have camped out at the mining site as they wait for news of their loved ones and colleagues, some expressing frustration at the lack of information they are getting.

A number of stakeholders combined their efforts yesterday and successfully pumped out water from two interlinked tunnels, and work to retrieve the bodies is expected to start today.

The accident in Battlefields, 175 km (109 miles) west of Harare, has highlighted the safety issues in illegal gold miners, who previous year contributed significantly to the record bullion output of 33 tonnes in the southern African nation.

A mine rescuer climbs of a shaft as retrieval efforts proceed for trapped illegal gold miners in Kadoma, Zimbabwe, on February 15, 2019.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa declared the incident a State of Disaster on Friday.

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Uniformed police, government workmen and artisanal miners, some of them wearing shorts, T-shirts and sandals, are working together in the retrieval operation using a hand-powered winch and ropes.

The bodies of 28 gold miners have been retrieved from a flooded mine in central Zimbabwe, where rescue operations continued throughout the weekend.

Fellow artisanal miners and big mining companies have been leading the rescue effort under treacherous conditions.

"So far we have managed to bring out eight miners alive and we are yet to assess and find any more people down there who are still alive", Tapererwa Paswavaviri, the government deputy chief mining engineer told reporters on Saturday at the scene of the accident.

Some of the shafts were 100 metres deep and rescue teams from nearby mines and the Civil Protection Unit were pumping water from shafts and tunnels before recovering the estimated 50 men, The Herald newspaper said.

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