9 dead in Ghana gold mine collapse
Published: 11:15 AM, 4 June 2021 Updated: 12:07 PM, 4 June 2021
Ghana’s Asanko Gold Mine; Photo: Collected
Nine people died in a gold mine collapse in northern Ghana this week, police said on Thursday as rescue operations were also going on Friday.
According to AFP, the gold mine collapse took place on Monday during a downpour in the remote area of Gbane, Talensi district, in the Upper East region near the border with Burkina Faso.
Citing police spokesman David Fianko-Okyere, AFP reported that the rescue operations started on Tuesday and retrieved nine bodies till Thursday.
“We suspect three more bodies are trapped down there so we’re doing everything possible to get them dead or alive,” said David Fianko-Okyere.
An eyewitness named Yakubu Musah said the mine caved in after rainwater flooded the pit. “There are about two or more different pits underground here with only one tunnel connecting as a passage to them,” he said.
Meanwhile, Upper East Regional Minister Stephen Yakubu remarked the mine was a registered site, not illegal. A committee was formed to investigate the whole incident, he informed.
Gold mine collapse such as accidents in small-scale gold mining, known as “galamsey”, are common in the West African nation, however, Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo vowed a crackdown to curb its environmental damage.