Three Miners Die In A Mine Explosion In Chambeshi

Three Miners Die In A Mine Explosion In Chambeshi.

Three miners, including a Chinese national, have died in an underground mine explosion in Chambeshi.

The explosion happened at the South East Ore Body (SEOB) project at 680-metre level where the miners were sinking a ventilation shaft.

They were employees of Tongguan Mine Construction, a company engaged by Chambeshi Non-Ferrous Africa Mining (NFCA) to work at the SEOB project.

Copperbelt commissioner of police Joyce Kasosa and Kalulushi district commissioner Kenny Siamasumo confirmed the incident, which happened yesterday between 06:00 hours and 07:00 hours.

The deceased have been identified as Juma Chibuye, 38, of Zambia Compound in Chambeshi, Joseph Mumba, 53, also of the same township, and Chen Weibin, who lived at Chinese house in Mukulumpe.

Ms Kasosa said Mr chibuye and Mr Mumba were setting the explosives for blasting, while Mr Weibin was drilling the ground when the explosion happened.

Sinozam Hospital Human Resource Manager Justin Njovu confirmed having received the bodies of the three miners.