Cape Times

Mine caves in after heavy downpours

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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.

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