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At least 2 dead, 20 trapped in Zimbabwe mine

Christian Fernsby |
A mine collapsed yesterday in Zimbabwe, killing at least two miners and trapping 20 others underground.

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Topics: ZIMBABWE    MINE   

They illegally plundered the excavation site, state media reported.

The artisanal miners never emerged today from the Globe and Phoenix gold mine near Kwekwe city in central Zimbabwe after entering the mine the night before, the state run Herald newspaper said.

As efforts to rescue the miners continue, authorities don't yet know the exact number of trapped miners, although two are feared dead, police spokesman Paul Nyathi said.

One miner who spoke to news outlet New Zimbabwe from the scene described how the shaft collapsed.

“We were working underground at around 10 p.m. when we suddenly heard noise coming from the other side of the mining shaft,” the miner said. “When we went to investigate, we realized it was a boulder which had fallen on our colleagues.”

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