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At least 10 illegal miners trapped after abandoned gold mine collapsed in Zimbabwe

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CGTN reported that at least 10 informal miners have been trapped underground after a shaft in abandoned gold mine collapsed in Zimbabwe in the Mashonaland Central province.

According to CGTN, the country’s Secretary for Information Nick Mangwana confirmed the incident, saying the shaft is flooded but authorities were on site conducting a rescue operation.

“The Minister of Mines Hon Chitando visited the Bindura Mine accident site. An estimated 10 miners are trapped in the collapsed shaft which is flooded. Dewatering is underway. Mine has always been flooded knee high. The miners blasted support pillars resulting in collapse,” he said in a tweet.

The latest incident comes after at least two miners died earlier this month after they were trapped in another collapsed mine in the eastern Mutasa District.

Illegal mining of gold, which poses serious safety risks, is rampant in Zimbabwe and results in deaths of several people every year.

In September this year, five artisanal miners were trapped underground when a shaft collapsed at Task Gold Mine in Chegutu, Mashonaland West Province.

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