Six Illegal Miners Buried Alive At Subrisu Fante

Six illegal miners died last week Thursday at Subrisu Fante — a remote community in the Ahafo Ano North District of the Ashanti Region — when a mine pit in which they were prospecting for gold, caved in on them.

The bodies of two of them were retrieved from the 12-metre deep pit.

Several others were injured in the accident but were rescued and conveyed to the Tepa Government hospital for treatment.

XYZ News’ Ashanti Regional Correspondent, Isaac Bediako Justice, reports that the Police and Fire Officials from the Tepa Command, who have been rescuing the survivors and retrieving the bodies have given up hope of finding any more survivors or bodies.

The Police Command has ordered the chief of the area to bury the remaining bodies if found. More than 50 people have died from similar mining disasters in the same village in the past 3 years. Seventeen people were buried alive under another pit in the same area a little over two years ago.

Similar problems have occurred in the Western and Eastern Regions.

Bediako Justice says the village folks believe the disasters propitiate the gods who reciprocate them with bountiful gold finds later.

However, some concerned residents of the village want the government to stop illegal gold mining there, to save lives and huge tracts of cocoa farms which are being decimated by the illegal miners.

A government task force which begun clamping down on both illegal foreign and local miners suspended work, a few months ago.

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