Rescue workers have Saturday eight miners alive from mines near the city of Kadoma in Zimbabwe, four days after they were flooded. Sixty to seventy others are still missing.
“We are currently investigating whether there might be more people living in the mines”, according to deputy chief engineer Tapererwa Paswavaviri. “However, we expect that many miners have died as a result of the formation of gases.”
Due to the heavy rainfall at the end of last week, a dam had broken through. As a result, the water entered two mines. Minister July Moyo said that the miners had illegally entered the mines. Miners were looking for gold there.
Many independent miners work in Zimbabwe, often working in unsafe and even officially closed mines.