A miner who escaped death by a whisker in the Kwekwe mine collapse last week said there is a high chance of finding more bodies if a serious rescue operation is conducted because contrary to what Minister Larry Mavima said, very few people escaped after the rock fell on the miners, The Standard reports
Speaking to the publication, Luckmore Hamandishe, one of the miners to escape the collapse alive said:
An underground level of a mine is about 35-40 metres so when we say level four, we are talking roughly of about 150 metres.
That is where the disaster happened and I was about 15 metres from where the boulder fell. There were about 200 people on that level and only a few escaped. Some people were pushed into the dam and I am sure they died through drowning.
Others plunged into the dam as they tried to escape. When the water was splashed onto the walls of the mine, it became slippery and others who tried to scale up slipped into the water as well. A lot of bodies can be found if serious rescue operations are conducted
On Friday, reports circulated that over 20 people were feared dead after the Globe and Phoenix mine collapsed, however, a day later The Midlands province Minister of State Larry Mavima said only 2 people had died from the incident.
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