One body brought out of collapsed mining pit at Nsuta-Prestea

By Clement Edward Kumsah

One body has been removed from the pit which buried some 17 illegal miners at Nsuta near Prestea in the Western Region.

A search and rescue team has been frantically working to find survivors days after the pit caved following a heavy storm, trapping 17 out of 19 miners.

According to the Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resource, Benito Owusu Bio, the rescue team is currently finding it difficult to locate exactly where the trapped illegal miners are because of the nature of the pit.

He added that, the difficulty in reaching the trapped galamseyers is as result of how the shaft was created which does not allow easy access by machines, members of the rescue team therefore have to use bare hands and local equipment.

The collapse which occurred on July 1 is the latest in many mining disasters that have been recorded in the past. The miners flouted a moratorium on small scale mining in the country raising questions about the sustenance of the fight againt illegal mining in the country.