Dozen of gold miners in Zimbabwe are feared dead after heavy rainfall caused floods in two mines.

As police rescue teams continue to try and pump out the water and search for any bodies or survivors, worried family members have been waiting at the site of the two mines near the town of Kadoma, hoping to find their loved ones.

According to the people report 38 people were underground the Silver Moon mine and Cricket mine when heavy rain destroyed a nearby dam wall, resulting in fatal floods. However, according to the spokesperson of Rio Zimbabwe, owners of Cricket Mine – the mine was not in operation and the miners who are currently presumed dead had illegally gained access to sealed shafts.

With mining methods in Zimbabwe viewed as rudimentary and safety standards of ignored, the Civil Protection Unit (CPU) fear they are no survivors, as the water from the burst dam has completely engulfed the 50 metre deep mineshafts.

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