Two killed, several trapped by collapsed illegal mine

A collapsed illegal mining pit in Prestea has collapsed, killing two illegal miners and trapping several others.

The Urban Area Council Chairman of the area, Mr Isaac Kamerling, who confirmed the incident to Joy FM said rescue work has begun.

One injured person has been sent to the Efia Nkwanta Government Hospital, says Mr Kamerling.

Explaining the circumstances that might have led to the collapse of the mine, the Urban Council Chairman said the area is an old, abandoned mine. The victims however, went back into the pit to scrounge for remnants of gold and the weak walls crumbled on them.

Rescuers are afraid to go into the pit and are using shovels to dig – quite cautiously – for the victims.

The police are helping in the rescue effort.

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