Regional News of 2014-08-03

Illegal mining pit kills three

An illegal mining pit has trapped three persons to death at Mamuamano, a farming community near Busichim in the Prestea Huni/Valley District.

The deceased have been identified as Yaw Mintah, 30, John Adu Boakye, 30 and Kwaku Takyi, 35.

The incident occurred last Wednesday around 1500 hours and their bodies have been deposited at the Prestea Government Hospital morgue for autopsy.

Mr Iddrisu Salifu Mohammed, District Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organisation, disclosed this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency.

He said the victims, who were natives of Himan near Prestea, met their untimely death when a pit they were prospecting for gold caved in and trapped all of them to death.

Mr Mohammed said when his office received the information and officials rushed to the scene, some people who tried to rescue the victims brought them from the pit already dead.

Source: GNA
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