Relatives of trapped illegal Zimbabwean gold miners on Friday expressed frustration at the slow pace of rescue efforts, saying they were losing hope of finding up to 70 people alive as the government declared the accident a disaster.
Zimbabwean authorities are expected to start retrieving trapped illegal gold miners on Friday but none are expected to have survived flooding in the shafts and the number of casualties could be about 50, state media reported.
At least 23 illegal miners are trapped and feared dead in Zimbabwe after shafts and underground tunnels they were working in were flooded by water from a burst dam, a state-owned daily newspaper reported on Thursday.
In the arid south of Zimbabwe, farmers have long experienced the adverse effects of climate change as they witness their crops fail each season and face a desperate need to find alternatives. Add to this a setting where HIV rates are among the highest globally.
Zimbabwean Vice President Constantino Chiwenga is being treated in India for a minor ailment, a government deputy minister has said, days after a local news website reported that the retired general had gone to that country due to failing health.
Zimbabwe's churches on Thursday sought to broker talks between the government and its opponents over a political and economic crisis they said had left the country "angry and traumatized", after the main opposition snubbed a meeting with the president.
Zimbabwe's main opposition on Wednesday snubbed talks with President Emmerson Mnangagwa meant to try resolve a political and economic crisis, saying any dialogue with the president would have to be brokered by an independent outside mediator.
Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa invited opposition leaders to a meeting on Wednesday to draw up terms for a national dialogue, they said, following a brutal crackdown on anti-government protests.
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