Latest Update: Kadoma Mine Disaster: 9 rescued alive

Miners work to reach about 40 artisanal gold miners who are feared dead after rains flooded the mines while they were underground on the outskirts of Kadoma town about 200 kilometres west of Harare, Zimbabwe, Friday, Feb, 15, 2019. Artisanal miners continued to lead efforts to rescue their colleagues using heavy duty pumps and machinery to reach where the miners are thought to be. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Nine artisanal miners have so far been rescued alive in the Battlefields mine disaster near Kadoma where government says close to 70 people were trapped in the mine shafts a couple of days ago.

Government has since declared the tragedy a national disaster. Speaking to the Zimbabwe Morning Post Zimbabwe Lawyers for environment’s Mukasiri Sibanda says so far six miners have been rescued alive.

“Rescue operation is underway and six miners have been retreived alive. We are hoping for the best,” Sibanda said.

Various mining companies from Mashonaland West Province — including Zimplats, RioZim and small-scale miners — joined the Civil Protection Unit (CPU) in marshalling water pumping machinery to drain the flooded mines.

Mines deputy minister Polite Kambamura said the rescue operation is going on well.

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