Five people including a one-year-old?girl?have been?buried alive?in a galamsey pit at Akookoso in the Amansie Central district of the Ashanti region.

According to reports, the one-year-old girl went into the galamsey pit with her parents where they met their untimely death.

ASP?Prince Odoom, Commander of the Jacobu district who confirmed the?news?to?XYZ Newsstated that the girl together with her parents and two others entered the abandoned pit to search for gold but unfortunately the pit caved in on them.

He revealed that seven others who also went to dig for gold at the same area escaped after theincident?happened.

The bodies have however been pulled out of the pit and have been flown to a nearby?hospital?for autopsy.

The country has been plagued with the activities of?illegal?mining?with the environment being the worst affected.

Hundreds of people have in recent times lost their lives in galamsey operations in various parts of the country.

The?President, John Mahama recently set up an Inter-Ministerial Task?Force?against Illegal Mining.

The first phase of the?operation,?conducted?in 2013, saw the task force?dismantling?hundreds of illegal?gold mining?sites in the country and evicting thousands of illegal miners, including Chinese, from the sites.



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