Ashanti region: Two perish in galamsey pit at Odumase


Two persons are confirmed dead as the illegal mining(galamsey ) pit in which they were working collapsed at Odumase in the Asante Akyem Central municipality of the Ashanti region.

According to eyewitnesses the two were among a group of people who had dug underneath a pile of loose earth at a concession belonging to the Northern Ashanti Mines Limited, when their luck run out and the pit caved in on them.

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Officials from the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) in the Municipality have confirmed that three miners were trapped, but fortunately, one of them managed to escape while the remaining two lost their lives in the incident.

Northern Ashanti Mines Limited is reported to have a number of concessions lying unprotected in the town, thereby making it easy for illegal miners to take over.
According to, the municipal NADMO and other rescuers spent hours trying to find the bodies of the deceased who are both yet to be identified.
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Every year many illegal miners lose their lives in such accidents at various illegal mining spots in the country but that does not seem to be enough reason to deter others from continuing in the trade.

Galamsey has become a menace that successive governments in Ghana have tried to put an end to but seem to fail at every opportunity.

Meanwhile, concerned citizens have questioned the commitment of these governments while some big men are being accused of funding such activities.

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Jones Osei Asamoah, the Asante Akim Central Municipal NADMO Director, stated that the bodies have been transferred to the morgue for further examination and identification.


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