Eight illegal miners die in rock fall

Eight suspected illegal miners have died after being trapped by rock falls in a tunnel at Nkana Central shaft slag dump belonging to Chambeshi metals. The eight bodies were discovered after a survivor of the accident, who was seriously injured, informed a passerby, who then reported the incident to the mine police.

The deceased are suspected to have gone to mine cobalt and copper remains.

Chambeshi Metals Plc Manager for Safety Occupational, Health and Environment, Daniel Chihili who was at the scene supervised the digging out of the eight bodies.

Mr. Chihili cautioned the general public to refrain from illegal mining pointing out that it could lead to untimely deaths.

A Nokia Cell Phone was recovered on one of the dead bodies, which was badly disfigured.


Lusaka Times – Lusaka,Zambia
June 11, 2009

[Would be curious to ask the journalist who wrote this why the corporate detail in the final line was included. -Ed.]

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