Galamsey Pit Swallows 7 Miners, 17 Others Remain Trapped

Seven people have been confirmed dead after an illegal mining pit in which they were working caved in on them at Korle Teye (Takorso site) in the Birim North District of the Eastern Region.

About 17 others, according to reports, are trapped under debris, as time runs out, with locals helping with rescue efforts and doing so with anything they could lay hands on.

Report by Adom News said only two of the trapped miners had been rescued alive, albeit with injuries, while the lifeless bodies of the seven had been laid out in the open, covered only with leaves.

The miners prevented the team of journalists from taking photographs of the incident and chased them away.

This is not the first time a mining pit has caved in on illegal miners. In the past, many of these miners have died out of such incidences in areas where illegal mining is endemic, but they appear unperturbed.

As at the time of going to press yesterday, it was unclear how many bodies had been retrieved.


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