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Rescue suspended at collapsed mining pit in Ghana         

By Francis Tandoh ACCRA, (Xinhua) -- Security agencies in Ghana on Thursday suspended a rescue mission to retrieve the bodies of trapped miners in a collapsed mining pit at Kubekrom-Abease, near Prestea-Nsuta in the Western Region.

This followed torrential rains in the area that impeded further search to recover the bodies of the victims. At least 14 people were feared killed in the incident last Sunday.

The search entered its fourth day and local media reports said hopes of finding anyone alive had significantly diminished.

The 14 victims were among 19 miners working in an 80-meter-deep pit abandoned earlier due to the government’s moratorium on small-scale mining.

State-owned Daily Graphic quoted Police Superintendent (Supt) Atsu Dzineku, Prestea District Police Commander, as saying the police had interrogated five other miners who survived the incident.

According to him, the five, with the 14 others, had set out from the pit earlier around 5:50 p.m. for dinner but heard a loud sound behind them only to realize later that their colleagues had been trapped.

Deaths through collapsed mining pits are a regular feature in small-scale and illegal mining activities in the West African country.

More than 100 people perished in a collapsed mine pit at Dunkwa-on-Offin, near Cape Coast in June 2010.

Last year, two people died when the mine pit they were working on caved in on them at Akyem Ahwenease in the Eastern Region.  

           

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