At least 40 informal gold miners are trapped underground after a shaft at the disused Ran Mine in Bindura, Zimbabwe collapsed on Wednesday, 26 November 2020.
Wellington Takavarasha, head of the Zimbabwe Miners Federation, told the press that six miners have since been pulled from the rubble and are receiving medical attention.
However, more than 30 miners are still unaccounted for. Takavarasha said rescue efforts were ongoing. Zimbabwe’s Secretary for Information, Nick Mangwana, explained:
“A deep disused mine trench has caved in, trapping several illegal gold miners. Exact number not yet established. So far six miners have been rescued. Details to follow but numbers could be circa 30”.
This follows after six miners died earlier this month at the Matshetshe Mine in Esigodini earlier this month, and five miners died back in September when a Chegutu mine shaft collapsed.
The Zimbabwean government came under fire for failure to rescue the trapped miners in time on both occasions.
This a developing story; more to follow.