Rescue team finds debris

THE mine rescue team searching for bodies of the four miners trapped underground at Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) have recovered parts of the equipment that was being used in operations at the time of the accident.
Four miners perished on Sunday after a rockfall about 1km underground.
MCM has constituted a rescue team comprising engineers, medical practitioners and public health workers who are using surveillance cameras to try and locate the four bodies.
Deputy Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development Richard Musukwa said in Kitwe on Tuesday that the rescue team has made good progress in trying to find the bodies and have located pieces of equipment at the scene.
“In a crisis, there is also good news. The rescue team, today [Tuesday] around 15:00 hours recovered some parts of the Capex machine such as the hydraulic hose and quite a few other things,” Mr Musukwa said.
He said the discovery of the equipment gives hope that the bodies may soon be retrieved.
“This is a step in the right direction and we hope God will give us favour to recover the bodies,” Mr Musukwa said.
On Tuesday, Mr Musukwa, Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development permanent secretary Paul Chanda, Kitwe district commissioner Chanda Kabwe and officers from the Mines and Safety Department held a closed-door meeting with management at MCM.
The government officials also visited the funeral houses to console the bereaved families.
The deceased miners, who were working as machine operators, are Emmanuel Kyongola of J59 Chamboli, Honest Mushota of 74 Geddes Street (Nkana East), Arnold Mambwe of H2-63 Chamboli and Abel Munthali of 893 Ndeke.

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