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04 July 2017

Collapsed galamsey pit: 14 victims yet to be rescued – Police

Twenty four hours after an illegal mining (galamsey) pit collapsed on 14 persons at Nsuta in the Prestea Huni Valley District of the Western region, none of them have been rescued from the 80 meters pit so far.

Seventeen rescuers (search party) are currently digging through the pit in an effort to retrieve the bodies of the trapped miners who are feared dead. Five others who were with them fortunately managed to believed to escape.

Prestea District Police Commander, Superintendent Atsu Dzinaku in an interview with Kasapa News appealed to persons who have the expertise in such rescue exercises to support the ongoing rescue effort.

He noted that the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) is yet to report at the scene hours after the incident.

This collapse is the latest in several mining disasters that have been recorded in the past. It comes at a time government has intensified efforts against illegal mining across the country.

Early this year, the Akufo Addo led-government announced a ban on all small scale mining activities in a bid to streamline operations and to prevent illegal mining activities.

Several illegal miners were arrested and their escavators seized by the government taskforce set up to fight the illegal mining.

 

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