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
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
entered its fourth day and local media reports said
hopes of finding anyone alive had significantly
victims were among 19 miners working in an 80-meter-deep
pit abandoned earlier due to the government’s moratorium
on small-scale mining.
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.
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.
through collapsed mining pits are a regular feature in
small-scale and illegal mining activities in the West
100 people perished in a collapsed mine pit at
Dunkwa-on-Offin, near Cape Coast in June 2010.
two people died when the mine pit they were working on
caved in on them at Akyem Ahwenease in the Eastern