Over 500 miners were on Monday trapped 300meters underground at the Non-Ferrous Cooperation Africa (NFCA) mine in Chambishi owing to the power outage which affected seven Provinces on Monday.
Some miners who were among those trapped said they feared for their lives as the underground plant almost flooded because the pumps that control the water from the mine couldn’t work.
The miners however said no loss of life was recorded during the two hours of power outage. They commended ZESCO engineers for the quick response in restoring power and ensuring that lives were saved.
Families of the mine workers were gripped with fear as they got worried that their loved ones would not return home safely.
A group of family members organised themselves at the residence of one the miners who was among those trapped underground to pray for the safety of their loved ones as they waited for the restoration of power to the mining town.
Meanwhile the power utility company has informed the nation that it has fully restored power to all the affected provinces.
In a statement issued to the media, ZESCO Senior Marketing and Public Relations Manager, Mrs Bessie Banda said that power was restored to Copperbelt and North-Western Provinces by 16:00 hours yesterday, while Northern, Luapula, Muchinga, Eastern and parts of Central Provinces were back on supply in the early hours of Tuesday morning at 01.10 hours.
Ms Banda said the loss of supply was due to failure of some high voltage equipment at Kabwe substation due to a heavy down pour.
Other mines which were affected in Chambishi because of the power outage as they were forced to stop production are Chambishi Copper Smelter (CCS), Chambishi Metals, NFCA, Multi-Facility Economic Zone (MFEZ), Sino Metals Leach Zambia, and other smaller mining firms in the same area.