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General News of Saturday, 19 November 2011

Source: myjoyonline

Five dead in galamsey disaster

Five illegal miners, popularly refer to as galamsey operators, were trapped to death when an illegal mining pit collapsed on them at a community in the Mpohor/ Wassa East district of the Western Region on Saturday afternoon.

They comprise four women and a man.

Four others have been rushed to the Effia Nkwanta Hospital. Several other illegal miners have also not being accounted for.

Joy News’ Western Regional correspondent Kwaku Owusu Peprah who visited the scene said residents believe more persons have been trapped by the caved pit.

“A lot of them, I am told, are not accounted for; there is suspicion that there could be three or more trapped in the pit.”

He said the five who died were confirmed dead by the police.

The area has been thrown into pandemonium with women and children wailing and searching for missing relatives and love ones.

Rescue team were busily looking for survivors or to retrieve more bodies.