Illegal miners trapped in the Monday’s disaster at Kyerekyewere in the Upper Denkyira East Municipality of the Central region, have reportedly been left to their fate as traditional customs forbid the locals from engaging in any activity on Tuesday.
Seventeen bodies have so far been pulled out of the caved mine but local authorities fear more could still be trapped under the abandoned mine pit.
But Municipal Chief Executive of the area, Peter Kofi Ashia told Joynews, the rescue mission can only continue on Wednesday due to custom that forbids work on Tuesday.
“Even though we are not getting the bodies now, we will close the rescue operations now; unfortunately by our customs we don’t work here, it will mean if there is anything to be done, it will be on Wednesday” he stated.
The “galamsey” miners met their untimely death while working on an abandoned mining site. The collapsed pit is one of many abandoned by the God First Enterprise Mining Company at Dunkwaw-Kyekyewere.
Meanwhile, Central regional Minister, Samuel Sarpong who visited the scene of the disaster yesterday has indicated the regional Security Council will commence investigations into the matter on Wednesday.