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.