Dozens Feared Dead in Zimbabwe Mine Disaster

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.

24 bodies were recovered in mining shafts at Cricket No 3 and Jongwe Mining Cooperative mines in Mhondoro-Ngezi .

Casualties in the Battlefields mine disaster near Kadoma could rise to 50.

  • Zimbabwe:   Miners Saved From Flooded Gold Mine

    DW, 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 »

  • Zimbabwe:   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 »

  • Zimbabwe:   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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