|Written By:KNA, Posted: Mon, Oct 24, 2011|
Six people died on Monday morning when walls of a gold mine collapsed in Nyamome village in Migori district .
All the five suffocated to death during the 11am tragedy. The sixth victim who was rescued died while undergoing treatment in hospital.
The walls of the mine are believed to have been weakened by the heavy rains pounding the area .Two of the dead were said to be brothers .
Rescuers, using bare hands, spades and other tools scoured through the mine hole to search for survivors only to meet the lifeless bodies.
The Migori deputy police boss, Mr James Mwangi who was among the first government officers to arrive at the scene said the tragedy occurred barely a week after the villagers got word that there was gold deposit in the area.
Hundreds of miners had flocked the area to prospect for the precious commodity despite lacking basic prospecting skills and modern equipment.
The bodies were taken to a local hospital mortuary. A rescuer Mr Ombok Wanyang’ said the ground appeared very weak and this slowed down evacuation efforts.
Consequently, mining has been banned in the area indefinately.
Accidents involving miners have become common in Migori County which is turning out to be rich in gold and other precious minerals.
Only a few weeks ago, two people died in a similar incident near Awendo town .
Gold deposits have been discovered mainly in Nyatike, Kamagambo in Rongo and in Kuria region with residents prospecting using old-age methods thereby risking their lives.