A pupil of only 16 years has drowned in an abandoned illegal mining pit in a community near Anyinam in the Eastern region of Ghana.
A 16-year-old boy, identified as Desmond Quaye, has been found dead in an illegal mine in a community near Anyinam in the Eastern region of Ghana.
The deceased's body was retrieved from the pit and deposited at the Kibi Government Hospital mortuary.
A Starrfm.com.gh report sighted by YEN.com.gh said Quaye was in second year in Junior High School at the Anointed Preparatory School.
The report has it that he drowned when he attempted to swim in the illegal pit that had been turned into a pool by kids.
Anyinam Police have commenced investigations into the incident.
In Ghana, illegal mining or "galamsey" leaves pits dotted across mining districts in the country. They have been the cause of deaths in many mining communities.
A World Health Organisation (WHO) report in 2018 indicated that drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, accounting for 7% of all injury-related deaths.
Deaths by drowning are only one of Ghana's reasons who trying to eradicate illegal mining. Galamsey is also the cause of the pollution happening to the lands in mining areas in Ghana.
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Meanwhile, a presidential staffer and secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM), Charles Cromwell Bissue, was pointed as the foremost disloyal person against efforts by the government to weed out illegal mining in the country.
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