Kadoma – The Environment Management Authority (EMA) has donated $10 000 towards bereaving families of the Cricket Mine disaster which has so far claimed 24 lives, Environment Tourism, and Hospitality Industry Minister Prisca Mupfumira has said.
In an interview with the Mail&Telegraph yesterday, confirmed a donation of $10 000 from EMA to aid the families who lost their relatives in the Battlefield Mines calamity.
“Yes, EMA donated $ 10 000 to assist the bereaved families, “ she said.
Rescue workers retrieved 24 bodies and eight survivors on Saturday from two flooded gold mines in Kadoma-Mashonaland West province amid fears that more illegal miners are still trapped.
The two disused mines are situated near the town of Kadoma, 145 kilometres (90 miles) southwest of the capital Harare.
The rescued received medical attention on site before being taken to hospital, but were in a stable condition.
On Friday government said that between 60 and 70 “artisanal” miners were trapped in two shafts.
This forced President Emmerson Mnangagwa through the minister of local government to announce a state of disaster and appealed for $200,000 to be used “to pump out water, feeding the bereaved families and the (rescue) teams on the ground, transportation and burial of the victims”.
Artisanal mining is not banned outright in Zimbabwe, and is largely unregulated.