Five die, 15 in critical condition as gold pit caves in at Upper-Denkyira

File photo: The accident scene has been cordoned off

At least five persons have lost their lives after a mining pit caved in at Ayanfuri-Gyaaman, a community in the Upper-Denkyira West District of the Central Region, the police confirmed on Friday.

Local police commander DSP Edmund Jones Affutu said at least 15 others are also battling for their lives following the tragedy.

“At about 4:30 pm I had a distress call so I organized my men. When we got there we found out that five people had been trapped after the site caved in. On the spot, we found that two of them were dead, but we could not confirm,” Affutu told the media.

The five were confirmed dead on arrival at the Pentecost and Dunkwa Municipal Hospitals.

The identities of the deceased are yet to be established.

The remains have been deposited at the Dunkwa Municipal Hospital.

Illegal mining, popularly known as galamsey, has been banned in Ghana since the Akufo-Addo administration assumed office in 2017.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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