Nine people feared dead in Kwekwe mine disaster

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  • G and P mine collapses
  • Nine miners rescued
  • At least 20 trapped

At least nine illegal miners are feared dead after a shaft collapsed at Globe and Phoenix (G and P) mine on Wednesday.

The mine is said to be a closed mine that had been idle for years.

Illegal miners were reportedly forcing their way into the mine despite it being being closed.

Twenty-one illegal miners are said to be trapped underground.

Sources revealed that recent heavy rains also contributed to the mine’s collapse.

Kwekwe is said to be infested with illegal gold-panners which resulted in residents living in fear amid gold-mining mishaps.

Police investigations are still underway.

The city reportedly has several tunnels beneath forming a network with those from Gaika mine.

In February 2018,  a few kilometres away from the G and P compound, a miner was ‘swallowed’ to death on his way to work when a mine collapsed.

In February 2019, 70 miners were trapped after Cricket mine in Battlefields collapsed.

The stream where miners are trapped is a  German shaft found on the Western edge of Kwekwe,  100 metres from the Central Business District.

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