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Chinese Embassy helping police to identify gas blast victims

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Chinese Embassy helping police to identify gas blast victims. The eight, six Chinese and two Zimbabweans, died in an explosion of gas cylinders in a blast furnace in two separate incidents last week. One body was burnt beyond recognition. The six Chinese will be named once all protocols have been followed.

All eight people, including six Chinese, killed recently in an explosion at SAS Mine Lowerdale in Mazowe have been identified after the police engaged the Chinese Embassy to help identify their nationals.

National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, in his update, announced the successful identifications. This comes after Labenmon Investments, which owns SAS Mine Lowerdale, said it was cooperating with the authorities in establishing the cause of the accident.

At a media briefing, China-Africa Economic and Culture Exchange Research Centre, represented by Mrs Wella Yu, yesterday said they supported the affected families and that they had notified the authorities of the mine accident.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with the deceased families. We stand together with the affected families and are ready to offer our support in a way that we can. All relevant Government authorities were notified and are assisting in the aftermath of the tragedy,” said Mrs Wella.

“The investigation has been launched into the event leading up to explosion. The company is co-operating fully with the relevant investigation.”

She said Chinese investors in the country remain committed to maintaining the solid friendship that exists between China and Zimbabwe, keeping in mind China’s central role as a development partner in terms of the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1.

Mazowe South legislator Cde Fortune Chasi in whose constituency the mine falls, said: “The incident is unfortunate. The mine authorities assisted with all the requirements needed for the funerals and burials.”

Source – The Herald

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