Rescue Operations Ongoing as Zimbabwe Gold Mine Collapse Claims Lives of at Least 10 People

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Rescue teams in Zimbabwe persist in their efforts to locate survivors, even three days after a disused gold mine collapsed in the Chegutu district of the country. The collapse tragically resulted in the loss of at least 10 lives among illegal miners.

Some 42 artisanal miners are believed to have been working underground at the Bay Horse Mine in Chegutu on Friday when the mine collapsed, provincial official Marian Chombo told the media on Sunday.

Twenty-one of them have reportedly been rescued, while 10 others are believed to be trapped in the rubble.

Reports added that 10 people have been confirmed dead so far. Some of the dead were reportedly found crushed under rocks.

Earlier on Saturday, Zimbabwean Vice President Constantino Chiwenga said as many as 13 people could have died in the accident.

Chiwenga also said the government would support the funeral costs of the dead.

The mine is located in Zimbabwe’s Mashonaland West province, 62 miles west of Harare, the country’s capital. The miners had entered the mine, which is said to be about 150 meters deep, “using unspecified entrances.”

Jombo asked mining companies in the province to assist in the rescue operation.

Rescue Operations Ongoing as Zimbabwe Gold Mine Collapse Claims Lives of at Least 10 People

“The mines have the expertise and other machinery and equipment to help,” she told reporters.

Zimbabwe has rich deposits of gold and diamonds and artisanal mining is common in the country. Accidents at illegal mining sites are also common in the southern African country.

In 2019, approximately two dozen bodies of illegal gold miners were recovered from a flooded mine in a rural settlement located in the Mashonaland West province.

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