The bodies of 24 gold miners have been recovered from a flooded mine in Zimbabwe, and rescuers have pulled out eight survivors who had been trapped underground, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation reported.
Authorities said the accident happened after shafts and underground tunnels where the illegal miners were working became flooded by water from a burst dam last Tuesday.
The survivors were rescued last Saturday at the mine located 90 miles southwest of the capital, Harare.
Zimbabwe’s deputy mines minister, Polite Kambamura, on Monday said search operations would continue in the area, saying that around 70 workers are feared trapped in the incident.
Govt is still seized with the Mining Disaster at Battlefields. Since Day 1 of the tragedy Deputy Minister of Mines Hon Polite Kambamura has spent everyday onsite in charge of efforts. Several Govt ministers have also been on site giving the efforts an interministerial approach pic.twitter.com/vASzxOToQm