5 confirmed dead in Migori gold mine shaft collapse » Capital News
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5 confirmed dead in Migori gold mine shaft collapse » Capital News

NAIROBI, Kenya, July 10 – Five people have been confirmed dead at a gold mine in Rongo, Migori County.

The five are among 18 other people trapped when a 750-foot-deep mine shaft collapsed Tuesday afternoon.

According to George Otenga, deputy commissioner of Rongo County, rescue efforts have resulted in the evacuation of all the miners.

The first six rescued were taken to Rongo District Hospital, where three of them were treated and discharged, while the remaining three were referred to Migori District Hospital due to the extent of their injuries.

Otenga said the search operation was carried out by locals and the district team and by 10pm all the people in the mine had been found.

“It is unfortunate that we lost 5 miners. 13 miners were rescued alive, some are still in hospital, while others have been treated and released,” he said.

He says two miners died while being treated at the hospital, while the other three were pulled from the mine already dead.

Speaking to the press at his office in Rongo on Wednesday, Otenga announced that government officials were visiting the mine files to assess the situation.

“Mining officials and National Environment Management Agency (NEMA) officers are heading to the mine site,” he said.

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He urged miners in the sub-district to exercise caution while working in mining fields, noting that work in some areas was dangerous.

Otenga says a team heading to the site will close the minefields because they do not meet government safety standards.

“Officers will speak to the miners on site and mines that are compliant with safety and precautionary measures will be informed about what needs to be checked to avoid such fatalities,” he said.

The commissioner also asked miners who had not joined or formed groups to do so, which will help them obtain government licences to operate.

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