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Eight illegal miners trapped to death in Central Region



At least eight persons have been confirmed dead following the collapse of  a mining pit caved in at Ayamfuri in the Upper Denkyira West district of the Central region.

The 8 illegal small-scale miners who are between the ages 24 and 35 were trapped at the Face 4 mining site.

A rescue attempt by the police and officers from the National Disaster Management Organisation, NADMO to save their lives could not yield much as the 8 were all retrieved dead.

Their bodies have since been deposited at the Dunkwa District Government hospital morgue for preservation, identification and autopsy.

Deputy entral regional deputy public relations officer of the police Sgt Isaac Evans Ettie speaking on the incident to Asaase Radio.

This is about the fourth time such an incident has occurred in the country.

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Similar Incident

Five people were on October 2 confirmed dead at Ayanfuri-Gyaaman a community in the upper Denkyira West District of the Central Region following the collapse of mining pit.

Fifteen persons who were prospecting for gold in the pit also sustained various degrees of injuries following the incident.

On Sunday (September 27) five people died after an illegal mining (galamsey) pit collapsed on them at Adumbanso Lower Electoral Area, a farming community in the Wassa East District of the Western Region.

Two people were also died in a similar incident on August 6 following the collapse of a galamsey mining pit at Mpatuam Bontefufuo in the Amansie West District of the Ashanti Region.

The incident occurred around 8pm as a group of illegal miner prospected for gold at the site. The pit caved in suddenly and dozens of miners fled for safety.


Jeorge Wilson Kingson is the Managing Editor of ArtCraft Media Consult (Publishers of and, and a consulting Editor for The Corporate Guardian Magazine. He is the Chairman of the Media Alliance in Tobacco Control and Health (MATCOH). He is also the National Coordinator for the International Standards Journalism Association (ISJA) and the National Online Newsportals Coordinator for the Private Newspaper and Online Newsportals Publishers Association of Ghana (PRINPAG). He is a senior member of Ghana's Parliamentary Press Corps. He is the ACS Global Cancer Ambassador for Ghana and a Peace Advocate