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GALAMSEY PIT SWALLOWS 6 MINERS

Six illegal miners have reportedly been killed after a Galamsey pit collapsed on them on Wednesday at Adum Banso, a farming community in the Mpohor District of the Western Region.

Reports say, the six young men were trapped in an abandoned galamsey pit after they smuggled themselves to search for Gold.

The lifeless bodies of two of the illegal miners were retrieved from the pit immediately the sad incident happened on Wednesday , October 14, whilst the remaining four were removed in the later hours of Thursday, October 15,  2020.

The District Chief Executive (DCE) for the area, Ignatius Assar Mensah, explained that the area where the illegal mining activities took place is located deep in a forest which is hard to reach and which had made it easy for the miners to conduct their illegal activities unnoticed.

He said according to the chiefs and the assembly members in the area, six persons were trapped but four of the bodies had been retrieved while efforts were ongoing to retrieve the remaining two.

“We questioned the owner of the site why he gave the area to the galamsey operators and he said he even did not know how they got to place since it is a hard-to-reach area and had even stopped going there to farm,” the DCE revealed.

The DCE said it was worrying that in spite of all the education and warning against illegal mining, some people would continue to defy directives and go into the forest to mine.

“We have consistently been advising the youth of the town on the ban placed on illegal mining but some recalcitrant youth in the area continued to engage in galamsey,” he said.

According to him, some sites in the area had been earmarked for the government’s community mining programme and that the assembly had begun the processes to officially start the programme, but said “some recalcitrant youth have decided to sneak to some of the sites to mine illegally.”

He said, the families and the identities of the six young men are still being investigated since they are not from the community.

Their remains have been deposited at a private morgue for autopsy.

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