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Dozens trapped as mine collapses

After blasting some of the pillars, that is when the whole mine collapsed.

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Rescuers pump water out of a flooded main shaft in a bid to open up a passageway to the trapped miners Jekesai NJIKIZANA AFP

BINDURA, Zimbabwe (AFP) — Around 40 informal miners have been trapped underground in northeastern Zimbabwe after a shaft in a disused gold mine collapsed, the country’s miners’ federation said Thursday.

The disaster occurred late Wednesday in the town of Bindura, around 70 kilometers (43 miles) north of the capital Harare, said Wellington Takavarasha, head of the Zimbabwe Miners Federation.

Six miners have since been pulled out and taken to hospital.

“We understand there were some organized mining syndicates who were mining here,” Nathan Nkomo, director of the state rescue agency known as Civil Protection Unit, told AFP at the scene.

“After blasting some of the pillars, that is when the whole mine collapsed,” he said, adding that the exact “numbers are not yet established.”

Takavarasha told AFP that the miners were working inside the disused Ran Gold Mine when a shaft caved in.

Six miners have since been pulled out and taken to hospital.

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