Mine caves in after heavy downpours
ACCRA: Nine people died in a gold mine collapse in northern Ghana this week, police said yesterday.
Accidents in small-scale goldmining are common in the West African nation and President Nana Akufo-Addo vowed a crackdown to curb its environmental damage.
The latest incident in the remote mining area of Gbane, Talensi district, in the Upper East region near the border with Burkina Faso happened late on Monday during a downpour, police said.
A witness said the mine caved in after rain water flooded the pit.
“There are about two or more different pits underground with only one tunnel connecting as passage to them,” he said.