Tanzanian Gold Miners Rescued After 41 Days Underground (Photos)


One of the rescued Miners looking very weak as he recieves treatment
Gold miners in Tanzania who were trapped underground for several weeks have found some relief. 
Five gold miners have been rescued in western Tanzania after being trapped underground for 41 days, while 12 others are still missing.

According to BBC, the miners survived by eating roots, soil, frogs and cockroaches. They are currently receiving treatment at a hospital.

A police report says the group had gone underground to rescue 11 other miners when they became trapped.
 
Another Miner
 
Efforts to rescue the Tanzanian miners were abandoned last month after about a week, as hopes of finding them faded. But faint cries alerted other miners working nearby that the group was still trapped underground, and search operations hurriedly resumed at the mine in the north-western Shinyanga region, some 900km (500 miles) west of Dar es Salaam.
 

The 11 miners who were first trapped, and a colleague who went to search for them, were still missing, and presumed dead, Justus Kamugisha, the police chief for western Tanzania's Kahama district, told the BBC.

AFP reports that the rescued miners were trapped some 100m (300 ft) underground after a shaft collapsed, the mining ministry said.

The Minister of Energy and Mines spokeswoman Badra Masoud was quoted as saying: "The miners were very weak"

One of the rescued miners Chacha Wambura revealed that: "We survived by eating cockroaches, frogs and other insects as well as drinking dirty water that seeped in from above,"

He added that "batteries of the torches... ran out and we ended up in a cave that we earlier used as a store for our tools"

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