955 Trapped Workers Rescued From South Africa Gold Mine

| February 3 , 2018 , 18:28 IST

955 workers from a gold mine in South Africa had been trapped underground since a power cut struck on 31 January night. Two days later, they have been safely brought back to the surface.

Some of the entrapped miners are suffering from dehydration and high blood pressure.

The incident occurred in the Beatrix mine in Welkom town, about 290km south-west of Johannesburg. The mine is owned by Sibanye-Stillwater mining firm, and has 23 levels, going down to 1,000 metres below ground.

South Africa is home to the world’s deepest mines. However, safety in these mines has often been found to be dubious. More than 80 fatalities were recorded in South African mines in 2017. Further, a group of 40 lawyers who represent hundreds of former and current mineworkers in South Africa, have begun legal steps against South Africa's gold mining industry after the miners contracted an incurable and fatal lung disease from years of working in the mines.

Overall the 2017 death toll in South Africa’s mines has already surpassed the 2016 figure, ending nine straight years of falling fatalities and raising red flags for the industry and the government.

In India, official figures for mining fatalities do not accurately present the reality. However, media reports claim that during the first six months in 2016 there was one fatality every three days.