The Africa Report: 14 illegal miners feared dead in Ghana mine collapse

News programming deputy director at CitiFM Nana Boakye-Yiadom brings you the latest news from the Continent.

On Sunday an illegal mine collapsed in western Ghana, an area where illegal mining is very common, says Boakye-Yiadom.

Five people survived the accident and they told police that about 14 of their colleagues are still trapped in the pit.

These five who survived were quite fortunate, they were taking a break from their mining activities. A few minutes later the pit caved in and the 14 are now feared dead.

Nana Boakye-Yiadom, News programming deputy director at CitiFM

He says the government has in recent times increased the fight against illegal gold mining. He says the activity has polluted more than half the country's water bodies and destroyed farmlands including cocoa farms which is Ghana's main export crop.

It is not the first time pits have collapsed.

Dozens have died in similar incidents.

Nana Boakye-Yiadom, News programming deputy director at CitiFM

700 Boko Haram are believed to have surrendered to the military on the fringes of Sambiso Forest in Nigeria's northeastern Borno state, but the reasons for the surrender are unclear.

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