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At least nine killed in Zimbabwe gold mine collapse

October 01, 2023

CHEGUTU, Zimbabwe: At least nine miners were killed after a shaft in a Zimbabwean gold mine collapsed, an engineer at the site and the miners federation said Saturday.

“Four bodies have been recovered so far” and five others are still stuck under rubble, Henrietta Rushwaya, president of the Zimbabwe Miners Federation, told AFP. Mine engineer Hussein Phiri confirmed to AFP that rescuers had located the bodies of the five miners stuck under the rubble. “We can clearly see (five) bodies,” he told AFP. “We are convinced all of them are dead. “It is however difficult to retrieve the bodies because the mine is still collapsing. Each time we try is becoming a threat to our lives as well.”

The accident occurred on Friday in Chegutu, about 120 kilometres (75 miles) west of the capital Harare, state television ZBC said, at the Bay Horse Mine.

The Southern African country´s Minister of Mines, Soda Zhemu, who had come to oversee the rescue efforts, confirmed that 21 miners had escaped. On Friday morning, “immediately after the collapse, 13 people managed to get out of the mine unharmed”, the minister said. “During the night, eight others were rescued.”

The minister and the engineer also reported that three other miners were thought to be missing, but their whereabouts were unknown. On Saturday afternoon, several hundred local residents watched in anguish as rescue workers tried to retrieve bodies from the mine. Women wept as they waited for their husbands or sons to be pulled from the rubble.