By Business Reporter – Friday 1 March 2019
HARARE (Mining Index) – TWO bodies of artisanal miners were yesterday morning retrieved in an advanced state of decomposition from Cricket 3 Mine near Battlefields.
The incident happened on February 12 after torrential rains broke makeshift barriers that were constructed to divert water along a water channel going through the mines.
Retrieved bodies were identified as Cosmick and Xavier Zvitiki aged 43 and 35 respectively.
This brings the death toll to 26 after 24 bodies were retrieved last week at Silvermoon Mine.
Eight miners escaped death after they were rescued alive, having spent four days trapped underground.
RioZim, Zimplats and the Civil Protection Unit took part in rescue efforts. ENDS//