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World First body pulled from Zimbabwe gold mine disaster

19:10  30 november  2020
19:10  30 november  2020 Source:   msn.com

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The bodies of 24 illegal gold miners have been recovered from a flooded mine in Zimbabwe , and rescuers have pulled out eight survivors, who had been trapped underground for four days. Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa declared the incident a national disaster , adding that

The Wankie coal mine disaster took place on 6 June 1972 when a series of underground explosions occurred at the Wankie No.2 colliery in Rhodesia (now known as Zimbabwe ). With 427 fatalities, it remains the deadliest mine accident to date in the country's history.

Rescuers on Monday retrieved one body from a disused Zimbabwe gold mine where dozens of informal miners were feared trapped inside since a shaft collapsed last week, officials said.

a man riding a motorcycle down a dirt road: Rescue workers have been draining water from the mine shaft so that they can access trapped miners © Jekesai NJIKIZANA Rescue workers have been draining water from the mine shaft so that they can access trapped miners

Around 40 people are thought to be stuck underground in the town of Bindura, around 70 kilometres (43 miles) northeast of the capital Harare, where the disaster occurred five days ago.

Six miners were rescued and taken to hospital within hours, after which rescue efforts were hampered by heavy rain and ground water flooding.

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Searchers have recovered 24 bodies from a mine in Zimbabwe that was flooded after heavy rains, trapping dozens of subsistence miners Henrietta Rushwaya, leader of the country’s small-scale miners’ association, said on Sunday that 23 of the bodies have been identified since the disaster

In pictures: Zimbabwean gold miners. Locals and family members gather at Cricket Mine outside Kadoma more Efforts are being made to pump out the water so that the bodies can be retrieved. Wives of trapped miners gather together near the mine where some tens of artisanal gold miners are

Rescuers and volunteers have spent days pumping water out of the flooded shaft, and pulled a first body out of the rubble on Monday.

"One male body ...has been retrieved this afternoon from the tunnel," tweeted government spokesman Nick Mangwana.

"The body was beneath the rubble which was underneath the water in the collapsed tunnel."

Zimbabwe Miners Federation's deputy head Christine Munyoro, also confirmed the recovery of the body.


Video: A rescue operation is underway in Zimbabwe's town of Bindura, after at least 40 informal miners were trapped underground (AFP)

Munyoro reported the death of another miner who had volunteered to help the rescuers and drowned after a stone knocked him into the flooded tunnel over the weekend.

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Rescue workers retrieved 24 bodies and eight survivors on Saturday from two flooded gold mines in Zimbabwe where officials fear dozens more illegal miners are still trapped, state television reported. "Given the magnitude of this disaster , we kindly appeal to individuals, development partners and the

Eight survivors and 24 dead bodies have been pulled out of a flooded gold mine in Zimbabwe . Key points: An estimated 70 miners were working in the Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has declared the mine tragedy a national disaster . The mine is owned by RioZim, which separated

Scores of miners had been working inside the disused Ran Gold Mine when the ground caved in.

Although the site was officially closed 10 years ago, some workers remained behind to extract residual gold along with other unemployed people who came to work there.

Mining is a major source of foreign currency for Zimbabwe, where gold alone accounts for 60 percent of exports and employs nearly 10 percent of the population.

The bulk of gold is extracted by artisanal and small-scale miners, who were responsible for 63 percent of the recorded production last year, according to official statistics.

Those miners often operate illegally to avoid selling their bullion to the state-owned buyer, Fidelity Printers and Refiners, as they are paid only 55 percent in foreign currency.

The remaining 45 percent is paid in Zimbabwean dollars, which is notoriously weak and volatile.

Accidents are relatively common in decommissioned mines, particularly when the ground is loosened by downpours.

Munyoro said rain started again on Monday afternoon, shortly after the first body was retrieved, forcing rescuers to pause for the day.

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