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Published Sunday, January 27, 2019
The death toll in the Gbane Community mining disaster has hit 16, APA has learned here on Friday.
It is also gathered that 15 persons, who inhaled the poisonous gas from the explosion, are on admission at the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital.
The explosion occurred during illegal mining activity in the region, which resulted in the death of the miners.
Initial reports had put the death toll at 13 and 15, but the Ghanaian Times confirms on Friday that the death toll has risen to 16.
The Regional Security Council (REGSEC), who visited the mining community on Thursday, was informed by the hospital authority that three persons were brought to the hospital dead, while 13 others died at the hospital.
The Medical Superintendent, Dr. Patrick Atobrah, told the deputy Upper East Regional Council, Mr. Frank Adongo Fuseini, that most of the people died for lack of oxygen.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Minerals Commission has asked Shaanxi Mining Ghana Limited to temporarily suspend its operations at its Gbane mining site immediately.
But the company has disassociated itself from the explosion, saying it had nothing to do with it.
Gbane mining disaster Facts
Affected Area: 1 km.
Alert Level: Green