8 miners rescued from flooded Zimbabwe gold mine

Zimbabwe has declared a 'state of disaster' following the mine accident [Philimon Bulawayo/Reuters

Zimbabwe has declared a ‘state of disaster’ following the mine accident [Philimon Bulawayo/Reuters
Eight artisanal miners who were trapped underground for several days after heavy flooding in Zimbabwe have been rescued, though some of their co-workers are still missing and feared dead.

Rescuers on Saturday pulled the exhausted, muddied survivors from the ground and took them to a tent for medical treatment. Relatives waiting at the scene ululated, cheered and hugged each other.

Dozens of gold miners were caught underground Tuesday on the outskirts of Kadoma, west of the Zimbabwean capital of Harare.

It is unclear how many miners remain trapped. The government has said a total of between 60 and 70 people were working underground at the time of the accident.

Local Government Minister July Moyo on Friday noted that “Frantic efforts were being made to pump out water from the flooded shafts before retrieval of the victims,” Moyo added.

The government has since launched an appeal for $200,000 to be used “to pump out water, feeding the bereaved families and the (rescue) teams on the ground, transportation and burial of the victims.