More than 30 gold miners are reportedly trapped underground at Bindura Ran Mine after the shaft collapsed yesterday afternoon.
By Staff Reporter
Bindura Ward 2 councilor, Ian Makone confirmed the incident but, couldn’t disclose the factors that could have contributed to the collapse of the shaft.
“Yesterday a tragic incident occurred at Ran Mine compound in the afternoon. Part of Ran Mine collapsed and trapped more than 15 miners and some of them are still trapped inside” he said
“Five survivors who tried to help their fellow miners sustained minor injuries” he added
Posting on his official Twitter platform, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services permanent secretary Nick Mangwana said only 6 miners have so far been rescued.
“Mash Central. A tragedy has occurred at Ran Mine in Bindura town late this afternoon. “Mash Central, A tragedy has occurred at Ran Mine in Bindura town late this afternoon. A deep disused mine trench has caved in trapping several illegal gold miners. Exact number not yet established. So far 6 miners have been rescued. Details to follow but numbers could be circa 30” he posted
The incident comes after six miners died earlier this month after they were trapped in a shaft at Matshetshe Mine in Esigodini.
Five artisanal miners also died September this year when they were trapped in a Chegutu mine shaft.
In both incidents, government came under fire for failure to rescue the trapped miners.