Dozens of gold panners in Zimbabwe are feared to have drowned after heavy rains flooded two mines.
Police mentioned rescue groups had been making an attempt to pump out the water and seek for our bodies and any survivors on the mines close to the city of Kadoma.
Anxious relations have come to the location within the hopes of discovering their family members alive.
Reviews say 38 folks went underground late on Tuesday into two mines – Silver Moon Mine and Cricket Mine.
Heavy rain later destroyed a dam wall, inflicting the floods. Police worry there could also be no survivors.
Rio Zimbabwe owns Cricket Mine. Firm spokesperson Wilson Gwatiringa informed the BBC that miners had illegally gained entry to sealed shafts on the mine which was not in operation.
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It’s the third lethal mine catastrophe to hit the continent in latest days.
A gold mine collapsed in Liberia on the weekend, killing no less than 5 folks. Round 35 individuals are nonetheless believed to be lacking on the unregulated website.
Whereas in South Africa final week, numerous folks had been killed by a gasoline explosion in an underground mine.
‘Little hope left’
Shingai Nyoka, BBC Information, Harare
It’s a lengthy and arduous operation to retrieve the miners.
None have been rescued but, in line with the Civil Safety Unit (CPU) which is main the efforts.
Water from the burst dam wall has crammed the mineshafts that are as much as 50 metres deep, CPU Director Nathan Nkomo informed the BBC.
They’re nonetheless draining water from the location and there may be little hope of discovering survivors.
Mining strategies are sometimes rudimentary in Zimbabwe and security requirements are largely disregarded.