22 declared dead in Prestea-Nsuta disaster as rescue efforts come to a close

Source: Myjoyonline.com   

The number of persons feared dead in the Prestea-Nsuta mining pit collapse is estimated be at least 22, eight more than the 14 initailly reported.

The new figure came to light after the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources interacted with families of the victims on Thursday evening.

Rescue operations at the disaster site located in the Western Region ended on Thursday evening after the government ordered the closure of the pit and declared the illegal miners buried under the rubble dead.

Deputy Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Benito Owusu-Bio, says the district magistrate and medical doctors from the Prestea Hospital have been engaged to complete formalities on the declaration.

“The family, everyone, have appended their signature to the list [of persons declared dead],” he told correspondent, Kojo Fletcher.

The Deputy Lands and Natural Resources Minister also said police will be deployed to the area in order to prevent further mining activities.

The 80-feet pit collapsed last Sunday and a rescue team comprising residents of the area has been working fervently to retrieve bodies.

Rescuers suspended operations on Wednesday following heavy rains in the area.