The death toll has sadly risen following last week’s mine collapse in Chegutu, Zimbabwe. Rescue workers have recovered the remains of five miners trapped underground at the Bay Horse Mine since the shaft walls caved in.
The team leader, Hussin Phiri, spoke of the difficult rescue operation. Removing one miner from the tight spaces where he was pinned took considerable effort. Unfortunately, after being buried for so long, the recovered bodies were badly decomposed.
While persevering in challenging conditions with limited resources, the crew has had to amend their strategy. Rather than risk further instability, they dug a new passageway further into the mine shaft. This bypass route adds distance to evacuate the deceased, straining the rescuers.
Despite facing obstacles, Phiri confirmed they would continue the recovery effort tomorrow (today). Based on mapping done earlier, eight more miners are believed still trapped within the 150 meter deep shaft. With determination and care for the lost lives, the team aims to bring up three or four more miners if conditions allow.