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Bayhorse Disaster

Nine trapped miners confirmed dead


Nine out of thirty four miners were confirmed dead at Bayhorse Mine in Chegutu district after a shaft collapsed on Friday morning.

Only 21 people out 34 people managed to escape with injuries and out of 13 left underground nine have been confirmed dead and three bodies have been retrieved so far from the debris, while four people still missing.

Deputy Minister of Mines and Mining development Polite Kambamura confirmed the development.

“We have 34 miners underground but 21 managed to escape with some injured. We have sent them to the hospitals. On the 13 left we have so far retrieved nine with four still missing.

“But we are making frantic efforts to locate them,” Kambamura said.

Government Mining Engineer Michael Munodawafa says efforts to account for four people missing are underway as they have resorted to chemical breakdown of rocks from blasting.

In 2020 around the same time in September, five miners were trapped to death on the outskirts of Chegutu after a 110-metre mine shaft they were working in collapsed at Tusk Mine Syndicate.

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