Another mine dam wall has collapsed at the recently disaster-stricken Jagersfontein mine, the Free State Provincial Government confirmed.
MINE DAM SECOND DISASTER IN JAGERSFONTEIN
In a statement, the Free State Provincial Government Communication Officer Palesa Chubisi said the Premier of the Free State, Sefora Ntombela has just been informed by the Kopanong Local Municipality of yet another mine dam wall collapse at the disaster-stricken mine in Jagersfontein.
Palesa said the Free State Provincial Government is still trying to establish the extent of the water flow, however, it is understood that the water is running through the neighbourhood of Charlesville and the nearby Dennis Louw farm.
REPORTED ROAD CLOSURE IN THE MINING TOWN
She informed that Police and Emergency Services are on the scene.
“The R706 is closed to traffic. Motorists are advised to use an alternative gravel road to Fauresmith in order to get access to Jagersfontein.“
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“Premier Ntombela has called for the community not to panic as the provincial disaster team has been activated to the affected areas,” she urged.
DAM WALL COLLAPSE WREAKS HAVOC TWO WEEKS AGO
It’s barely a month since a mine dam wall collapsed, leaving a trail of destruction in the area.
On Sunday, 11 September, the community of Jagersfontein woke up to a catastrophic morning when a collapsed dam wall destroyed properties and left a number of people displaced.
According to the Free State Government, 164 houses were damaged following the burst of the Jagersfontein mine dam.
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It is unclear at this stage whether the mining town residents will be evacuated from their homes to avoid a similar disaster from repeating itself.
This is a developing story.
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