Rescue operations have commenced in northern Zimbabwe, where dozens of illegal miners are believed to be trapped underground after the collapse of an old mine shaft.
Mining without the proper permits has been on the rise in the gold-rich country due to high levels of joblessness and the Covid-19 lockdown.
The authorities say at least six people have already been rescued, and more than 20 others could still be trapped.
Accidents caused by explosions and flooding are common in illegal mining, which is often carried out under dangerous conditions and with little regard for safety standards.
Zimbabwe is rich in minerals such as platinum, diamonds, and gold. Small-scale miners account for over half of the gold produced in the country.