Although the exact number of casualties in the Battlefields Mine disaster isn't known, reports say it could be as high as 50. The illegal miners were trapped after shafts and underground tunnels they were working in were flooded when a nearby dam burst. Zimbabwe has been working to regulate thousands of artisanal miners who dig illegally for gold, particularly on farms and at abandoned mines.
Mining Disaster Survivors Relive Harrowing Experience
The Herald, 19 February 2019
Saturday February 18, 2019 will forever be etched in the minds of eight artisanal minors who survived a four-day ordeal in flooded shafts at Cricket No 3, Battlefields in Kadoma. Read more »
24 bodies were recovered in mining shafts at Cricket No 3 and Jongwe Mining Cooperative mines in Mhondoro-Ngezi .
Kadoma Disaster - Miners Urge Setting Up of Standby Rescue Teams
New Zimbabwe, 19 February 2019
MINERS have called on government to establish rescue teams that would be on standby in each province in cases of mine related disasters which continue to claim many lives. Read more »
Battlefields - Govt to Review Mining Policy
The Herald, 18 February 2019
Government will review the Battlefields mining disaster with a view to effect a shift in mining policy and the implementation of a raft of measures to engender safety and the… Read more »
President Touched By Battlefields Tragedy
President Mnangagwa has mourned artisanal miners who perished after mining shafts at Cricket No. 3 and Jongwe Mining Cooperative in Mhondoro-Ngezi were flooded on Tuesday. Read more »
Battlefields Disaster - Rescuers Pull 22 Bodies From Mine
New Zimbabwe, 17 February 2019
Rescuers have pulled the bodies of at least 22 illegal gold-miners out of shafts at Battlefields that were flooded earlier in the week, and rescued eight more alive, officials and… Read more »
Battlefields Mining Incident Declared State of Disaster
The Herald, 16 February 2019
President Mnangagwa has declared a State of Disaster the incident in which between 60 and 70 artisanal miners are believed to have perished after mining shafts at Cricket No 3 and… Read more »
Five Dead Miners Retrieved From Kadoma Mine Shaft, 20 More Confirmed Dead
New Zimbabwe, 16 February 2019
FIVE dead bodies of artisanal miners were Saturday retrieved from a disused mine shaft in Kadoma after they were trapped inside shafts Tuesday by floods. Read more »
Eight Survivors Rescued Alive After Battlefields Mine Disaster but Deaths Confirmed
EIGHT artisanal miners who were trapped in a flooded mine tunnel in Battlefields since Tuesday, have been retrieved alive but looking traumatised by the ordeal. Read more »
Casualties in the Battlefields mine disaster near Kadoma could rise to 50.
Miners Saved From Flooded Gold Mine
Deutsche Welle, 16 February 2019
Fears are rising for 60 other miners trapped underground for several days after a dam collapse caused the pit to flood. Reports suggest the men entered the mine illegally at night. Read more »
More Feared Dead in Battlefields Mining Disaster
The Herald, 15 February 2019
Casualties in the Battlefields mine disaster near Kadoma could rise to 50 from the initial 23 reported yesterday, amid indications that more bodies could have been washed down… Read more »
Miners Perish in Flooded Shafts
The Herald, 13 February 2019
Twenty-three illegal miners died on Tuesday evening when interlinked shafts and tunnels at two mines in Battlefields were flooded after the collapse of a dam wall due to heavy… Read more »
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