Workers safe after platinum mine fire

All the miners affected by an underground fire in south-western Zimbabwe are safe and have returned home to their families, state radio said today.

The report said the last 65 miners trapped at the Mimosa platinum mine about 248 miles (400km) south-west of Harare were brought to the surface late yesterday, about 24 hours after conveyor equipment collapsed and ignited a fire.

Rescue operations were delayed by poor visibility and smoke and gas in the 300ft (100m) shaft.

In all, 178 miners were evacuated from the mine after the incident. Early yesterday, 20 men were rescued but 65 others remained in underground safety bays using breathing equipment. None suffered injuries, the mine owners said.

Zimbabwe is the second largest producer of platinum after South Africa.


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