Zimbabwe gold miners feared dead in Kadoma flood


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Dozens of gold panners in Zimbabwe are feared to have drowned after heavy rains flooded two mines.

Police said rescue teams were trying to pump out the water and search for bodies and any survivors at the mines near the town of Kadoma.

The two mines, called Silver Moon Mine and Cricket Mine, are run by registered companies, according to local media.

It is unclear whether the miners were operating with permission when they went underground late on Tuesday.

Heavy rain later destroyed a dam wall, causing the floods.

A total of 38 artisanal miners went underground across the two mines, state broadcaster ZBC reported. Police fear there may be no survivors.

It is the third deadly mine disaster to hit the continent in a fortnight.

A gold mine collapsed in Liberia at the weekend, killing at least five people. Around 35 people are still believed to be missing at the unregulated site.

While in South Africa last week, a number of people were killed by a gas explosion in an underground mine.