Nine miners trapped in a pit at the Gbane mining area of the Talensi District of the Upper East Region have died.
The bodies were retrieved two days after a rescue mission by a joint security team together with officials of the National Disaster Management Organization, (NADMO).
Police say the deceased were miners trapped in a pit at the Moabok mining site following a downpour on the night of Monday, May 31, 2021.
” The rescue mission started two days ago, but yesterday [Wednesday], we were able to retrieve nine of the miners who were trapped after the heavy rains. With the retrieval of the bodies, the police are able to confirm that they have died. The Municipal medical office came in to examine the bodies, and he pronounced them dead” Upper East Regional Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), ASP David Fianko-Okyere said.
He added that the search is still ongoing and that the police have assured of maximum security in the mining area.
“We are doing everything possible to ensure that we exhaust all means that there is no other person is still trapped dead or alive”.
In the meantime, the police say no arrest has been made.
This is not the first time, a pit in the area has caved in killing miners.
In March 2020, an illegal mining pit at Yamsok a suburb of Yameriga also in the Talensi District killed one person and injured another
The deceased Pii-Naab Joel, age 20 and a native of Yamsok was mining in an illegal mining pit with his colleagues when the pit caved in.