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Collapse of Illegal Gold Mine in Ghana

A gold mine collapse in Dunkwa-on-offin in Ghana is said to have trapped 80 miners. The illegal gold mine owner has been held by the local police. He is believed to have hired about 135 people to work on the abandoned gold mine.

The rescue operations are finding it difficult to rescue the victims as the survivors are unwilling to give details about the mining activities. The local fire official D.O.Adusa is finding it difficult to get to the more than 80 possible people who are trapped in the mine. He expects to need about 20 to 30 pump machines to pump out the water in the pit.

The mine is located about 200 km from the capital city of Accra. It collapsed on Sunday after heavy rains. No foul play is being suspected at this time by municipal chief Peter Owusu-Eshia. Excavators were working to create a ridge to stop water from entering the pit. Personnel from the Ghana National Fire Service, Police, National Disaster Management Organisation and some residents are assisting in the rescue effort.

Joel Scanlon

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Joel Scanlon

Joel, originally from the UK, emigrated to Australia in 1995 and spent 5 years working in the mining industry as an exploration Geo-technician where he developed skills in GIS Mapping and CAD. Joel also spent a year working underground in a gold/copper mine. Upon moving to the North Coast of NSW, Australia Joel worked as a graphic designer for a leading consultancy firm before starting a successful business providing graphic and web design services to local businesses on the eastern seaboard of Australia. Joel is skilled in project management, web programming, design, animation, database and networking, software and editing. Joel has been with AZoNetwork since its inception in 2000.

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