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Two Dead, 20 Trapped Underground in Zimbabwe Mine Collapse

Zimbabwe is house to huge gold and mineral reserves, together with diamonds and platinum.

 

At least two Zimbabwe miners had been killed and 20 others trapped underground after a shaft collapsed in a gold mine in the centre of the nation, state media and police reported on Thursday.

The incident occurred in a single day on the Globe and Phoenix mine in the city of Kwekwe, round 200 kilometres (120 miles) west of Harare.

Authorities had been first alerted early Thursday after the miners, who had been working illegally, did not floor on the finish of their shift.

“We received the news about the unfortunate incident a few hours ago and we are running around coordinating a rescue mission,” the chair of provincial civil safety unit, Fortune Mpungu, informed The Herald newspaper.

Both the police and the mines ministry later confirmed the incident.

Two miners died whereas one was injured and brought to hospital, police spokesman Paul (*20*) informed AFP.

It was not instantly clear whether or not the others had been recovered.

“So far we don’t know what really happened or how many people were affected,” mentioned the mine ministry’s everlasting secretary Onesimo Moyo, including that an inspection group had been dispatched to the world.

Mining is a significant supply of international foreign money for Zimbabwe.

The southern African nation is house to huge gold and mineral reserves, together with diamonds and platinum.

But a big share of mining is carried out in a small-scale, unregulated method — diverting income from state coffers and growing the chance of accidents.

Two dozen gold miners drowned in February final yr after the mine shaft in which they working flooded. The incident was attributable to casual tunnelling that induced a dam wall to interrupt.

 

AFP

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