Two Illegal miners have died after a tunnel they were attempting to quarry copper ore from at Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) collapsed due to heavy rains.
Meanwhile police in Chingola have recovered a heap of twenty eight 25 kilogram sacks of copper weighing 1.4 tonnes each.
Given Illunga, 15 and Alick Luapula 18, both of House number 4, Chibwa crescent, Chiwempala in Chingola entered the KCM moolmans pit at 19:00 hours on Tuesday after eluding police officers manning the premises.
The rains which started a few minutes later caused the tunnel to flood and by press time, only Illunga’s body had been recovered
“During the course of their work, it started raining. Unfortunately water entered the tunnel in which the two illegal miners were and the soil got wet and collapsed them,” Copperbelt Police commissioner Mary Tembo said.
Ms Tembo said police rushed to the scene at around 07: 00 found that other illegal miners attempting to retrieve the body of Luapula but were stopped from continuing with the exercise for safety reasons.
Ms Tembo said police suspect illegal miners could have hidden the twenty eight sacks of copper with the intention to smuggle them to an unknown destination.
She said the owners of the contraband abandoned the sacks after noticing the presence of police conducting their usual patrols in the KCM premises.