Developing Story: Seven confirmed dead in Chingola mine tragedy


Seven miners, among dozens trapped in dumpsites in Chingola, are confirmed dead by police as rescue efforts continue.

Police spokesperson, Rae Hamonga, said in a statement that seven among more than 30 currently trapped in dumpsites had been retrieved and confirmed dead.

Hamonga named Christopher Chungu of Chikola Loop Area Chingola, Silvester (other names not known) of Monze road Maiteneke Chingola and
John (other name not known) of Mikiloni Chingola.

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Others are a person only known as Bashi Prisca of no fixed abode, Joe (other names not known), Gold (other names not known) of shinde road Maiteneke, and another one only known as Bashi Emma of unknown address.

He said others drowned in the tunnels where they were digging copper ore after heavy rains and landslides buried the tunnels and are all suspected to have died.

The police, KCM rescue team and fire brigade visited the scene and it was discovered that there were two sites within the pit where the victims were buried. The bodies are not yet retrieved as efforts are being made to retrieve them.

More details on the rescue mission coming.

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