Dozens of Zimbabwean workers are missing after torrential rain flooded mines while they were underground.
State broadcaster ZBC said that 38 miners were trapped while the state-run Herald newspaper put the number at 23.
Reports say the gold miners went underground near the town of Kadoma before heavy rains destroyed a dam wall, resulting in massive flooding.
Large groups of men, women and children using picks, shovels and hoes are a common sight in Zimbabwe’s mineral-rich minefields.
The miners operate without regulation and safety standards are virtually non-existent.
Illegal mining has become rampant in a country where many people are unemployed.