South Africa – On Friday, Mpumalanga Police has confirmed that thirteen more bodies have been brought to the surface at Gloria mine.
Mpumalanga police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi confirmed the number but said the rescue team has since had to halt their operation.
He said: They couldn’t continue due to severe smoke which prohibited them and apparently they will go down again on Monday, 25 February 2019.
“The total number of bodies retrieved is now 18.”
Hlathi did not immediately say what the cause of the smoke was, but referred further enquiries to the mine’s management. Gloria coal mine’s business rescue practitioners’ representative, Mike Elliot, said they would issue a statement with full details later on Friday.