One Miner Dead, As Five Are Rescued (Kenya)

A 27-year-old miner was on Sunday evening buried alive and five others injured, when a gold mine caved in at Nyatike, Migori county.

Elekiah Ayongo died when the mine’s walls collapsed as a result of heavy rains on Saturday night. The five were saved by the quick intervention of other miners who used shovels and hoes to rescue them.

Nyatike police boss Richard Bitonge said the police and villagers retrieved the body from the mine. “We have been checking the status of the mines and closing the risky ones. We call on the miners to temporary withhold their activities until the rains subsides,” Bitonge said. The body has been taken to Migori district mortuary for postmortem examination.

Migori Geology officer Benson Kituku said the miners did not have mining license as only companies have prospecting licenses. “To get a mining license one is required to have a Nema environment certificate, tax compliance and an adequate viability test. Most small scale miners use rudimentary methods and are informal,” Kituku said. The mining caves are at Macalder mines in Nyatike.


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