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8 trapped miners pulled alive in Zimbabwe

Mining News - Published on Mon, 18 Feb 2019

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The Standard reported that rescuers pulled out eight illegal gold miners alive on Saturday out of about 70 people who were earlier this week trapped in flooded shafts, in accident that the government has declared a disaster. The miners, who were covered in mud, were whisked away by officials before speaking to reporters. Rescuers briefly stopped operations due to rain. The accident in Battlefields, 175 km west of Harare, happened on Tuesday night and has shone a light on the dangers facing illegal gold miners, who last year contributed a large part of Zimbabwe’s record 33 tonne bullion output.

Battlefields and surrounding areas are rich in gold deposits and popular with artisanal miners, known locally as “Makorokoza” or hustlers, who use picks and shovels and generator-powered water pumps. The makeshift shafts and tunnels can easily collapse in the rainy season when the ground is soft. The pits are dotted around a clearing some 8 km from the main dirt road. On the edges are shacks made of plastic, which serve as accommodation for those digging for gold.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 18 Feb 2019
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