- At least eight miners have been trapped in a pit at Gbane in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region
- The rescue team is however racing against time to save the lives of the miners
- The miners were believed to have been trapped in the underground tunnels on Tuesday, June 1, 2021
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News reaching YEN.com.gh has revealed that at least eight miners have been trapped in a pit at Gbane in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region.
According to a report filed by YEN.com.gh, the rescue team is racing against time to save lives.
The miners were believed to have been trapped in the underground tunnels on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.
Flooding after a heavy downpour has made the rescue effort difficult, putting the lives of rescuers in danger.
Meanwhile, additional pumping machines have been deployed to the site to facilitate draining to enable the rescuers to reach the trapped miners.
The Eastern Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commander of Police (ACP) George Alex Mensah upon surveying the site said they were hopeful of a positive outcome from the operation.
“As of now, the assumption is that there are missing persons, and we will only able to tell whether it is one, two or three when the rescue operation is finished,” he revealed.
In other news, Anglogold Ashanti has retrieved the body of a miner who was trapped underground when a pit caved in weeks ago.
The underground mining pit is part of the concession of Anglogold Ashanti, Obuasi Mine.
In a statement released by Anglogold Ashanti, it was indicated that the miner’s body was retrieved on Saturday, May 29, 2021.
The statement however did not give further details about the deceased miner.
“It is with great sadness that Anglogold Ashanti reports that the miner, missing after the geotechnical event at the Obuasi mine on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, has unfortunately passed away. His body was discovered on Saturday, 29th May, by mine rescue team,” the statement noted.
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