Six people have tragically lost their lives, and 15 others are currently trapped following a devastating mine shaft collapse in Zimbabwe. The incident occurred at the Bay Horse gold mine, located in Chegutu, approximately 100 kilometers (62 miles) west of the capital city, Harare, on a fateful Friday morning. More than 30 individuals were initially caught in the collapse, with reports indicating that 13 miners have either managed to escape or been successfully rescued.
Rescue efforts are currently underway to reach those still trapped beneath the ground, with local television channel ZBC providing updates on the situation. The cause of the collapse remains unknown at this time.
In response to the incident, the Zimbabwe Miners Federation has announced that its secretary general and the chairman of the Chegutu Miners Association will visit the site to assess the situation and determine the cause of the collapse.
Mining accidents are unfortunately not uncommon in Zimbabwe, a nation that boasts vast reserves of precious resources such as gold, platinum, and diamonds. Often, mining methods employed in the country are rudimentary, and safety standards are not consistently enforced.
This tragic event serves as a grim reminder of the hazards faced by miners in Zimbabwe and the urgent need for improved safety measures within the mining industry. In 2019, the country witnessed another mining disaster when dozens of miners lost their lives due to flooding caused by heavy rainfall at the Silver Moon and Cricket mines near the town of Kadoma, situated in the central region of the nation.