Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

65 trapped after mine collapse

More than 60 workers are trapped at a platinum mine in Zimbabwe

Dozens of miners are trapped underground at a platinum mine in southern Zimbabwe, a mineworkers union has said.

Twenty miners were rescued after conveyor equipment collapsed at the Mimosa platinum mine, about 248 miles south of the capital Harare, but 65 are still trapped, the National Mine Workers Union said.

Union chief Shadreck Pelewelo said rescue efforts are "going on well so far" and there were no fatalities.

Mining company Implats said in a statement that a fire caused by the incident had been contained.

Mr Pelewelo said the breakdown happened at around dusk on Monday evening. He said the trapped men have received food and water.

He added that he is heading to the mine with other union leaders to assist in support and assessment tasks.

Zimbabwe is the second largest producer of platinum after South Africa. Mimosa Mine is jointly owned by the Mauritius-registered Aquarius organisation and South Africa's Impala Platinum, known as Implats.

Implats said all employees at the mine were accounted for and none suffered injuries. Those remaining in underground refuge bays are expected to be moved to the surface later.

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