At least 10 people are confirmed dead and eight injured after the slag mountain commonly known as “black mountain” collapsed this morning in Kitwe‘s Wusakila township.
Copperbelt Province Permanent Secretary Bright Nundwe has since halted mining operations at the mountain until further notice.
Mr Nundwe who rushed to Kitwe to check on rescue operations carried out by Zambia Police Service and the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) confirmed that 10 people have died while eight were injured in the accident that happened this morning around 09 30 hours.
The Ps said out of the eight injured two people are in are critical condition while the other six sustained multiple injuries and are admitted at Kitwe Teaching Hospital.
The mountain is allegedly to have collapsed due to the machinery that was excavating on top while some people were picking stones below.
Meanwhile Mr. Nundwe has ordered that operations be halted at the mountain and mobile police officers from Kafimsa be deployed to keep vigil at the black mountain.
And Copperbelt Police Commissioner Charity Katanga said the number of victims may go up as rescue operations will continue just to ensure that no one remain trapped in the slag.
Emotions flared as news of the collapsed mountain spread in the nearby Wusakila Township causing commotion and panic among residents.
This led to the deployment of security personnel from Zambia Army and reinforcement of police officers from
And PEREZ Christian Church in Ndola has called on government and other safety institutions in the country to quickly put up safety measures at the famous ‘black mountain”.
Perez Apostolic leader Alick Kapandula said government through the ministry of mines should re-exam the safety of the mountain and ascertains the prevailing situation which he described as threatening.