-Some illegal miners have been trapped in a pit in Nsuta in the Western Region
-5 out of the 19 galamseyers managed to escape the accident
-The 80 meter deep pit caved in during to the heavy rains
Some 14 galamseyers are believed to be trapped in a galamsey pit at a mining site at Prestea-Nsuta, Western Region. The illegal miners are believed to have been trapped since yesterday, July 2.
In an interview with Evans Mensah of Accra-based Joy News, the Nsuta District Police commander, Superintendent Atsu Dzinaku said that five of the illegal miners happened to escape before the pit caved in.
He added that rescue activities were underway by the residents of the town to help locate the miners who have not been accounted for. Superintendent Atsu Dzinaku said it was difficult to ascertain if the trapped miners were alive or dead.
The 80-meter deep pit caved in as a result of the heavy downpour.
Two out of the five miners that escaoped are assisting the police with investigations and the rescue mission.
According to Superintendent Atsu Dzinaku, the location of the disaster was a small mining site and they are yet to ascertain whether the miners were engaged in illegal mining popularly referred to as galamsey.
This recent accident comes at the right time to aid calls for the banning of illegal mining in Ghana; a campaign that has gained national acclaim.
Early on in the year, the government started an initiative to put an end to illegal mining activities. The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu therefore embarked on visits to several galamsey sites to ensure their closure.
The initiative led to arrest of many illegal miners and mine owners including Aisha Huang. .
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