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Families of miners killed in accident, plead for release of their bodies

The families of ten (10) small-scale miners killed in a mine accident at Wassa-Essikuma, a gold mining community in the Prestea Huni-Valley Municipality, are pleading with the authorities to release the bodies of their loved ones, being kept in the morgue at the Apinto Government Hospital, to them for burial.

They were a part a group of illegal small-scale miners, who were digging for the mineral, when the mining pit collapsed, trapping them under tons of earth.

The tragic incident, that has left the community in shock and pain, happened on Thursday, November 25.

Those who survived have gone into hiding for fear of being arrested by the police.

The families of the dead miners made the appeal when the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Dr Isaac Dasmani visited the Wassa-Essikuma community to commiserate with the grieving families.

He was accompanied by members of the municipal security committee and the immediate past member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Barbara Oteng Gyasi.

The MCE and his entourage also visited the mine accident site. He discouraged the people in the community from engaging in illegal gold mining, locally referred to as “galamsey”, telling them that the activity was dangerous.

That was why the government had introduced the community mining. Those desirous of going into mining should do the proper thing – obtain the relevant documentation and license.

A rescue team made up of personnel of the national disaster management organization (NADMO), the police and other security agencies, that rushed to the place, when the tragedy struck, struggled for hours, to dig through the tons of earth to save the badly injured small-scale miners and recover the bodies of those killed in the mine accident.

The Western Regional Director of the National Disaster Management Organization, Abdul Ganiwu, said the collapse of the mining pit instantly killed nine of the miners, while five others got badly hurt.

The rescue team, managed to pull the five injured miners out of the pit and rushed them to the nearest health facility – the Takwa Government Hospital, where one died of his wounds.

The bodies of those killed were sent to the Tarkwa Apinto Government Hospital’s morgue.

The government’s fight to stop illegal small-scale gold mining has continued to remain a daunting one.

Many of those engaged in the illegal mining operation, which is destroying water bodies, forest reserves and farmlands are simply not going to give up.

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Apinto Prestea Huni-Valley

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