Rescue workers have reportedly discovered 4 more bodies from a mudslide in Masaakpaoh and Bangoma gold mines in Grand Cape Mount County, Tewor District. This figure is contrary to initial report that 60 persons were fear dead.
Local government sources say even though initial death toll is yet to be verified, rescue work is continuing with report of four person being trapped in the mud.
Eyewitness say prior to the landslide, the leadership of Masaakpaoh and Bangoma towns have been experiencing influx of young people from various localities around Grand Cape Mount, and nearby towns alone the Sierra Leone-Liberian boarder.
Grand Cape Mount County hosts a major gold deposit. There are reports of illicit mining taking place everywhere in the county. Recently, some residents and citizens of Tewor District have been complaining about illegal mining allegedly taking place in the area by Chinese company.
Robert Sports City Mayor, Edwin Koha, who rush to the scene said, Grand Cape County is once more experiencing a tragedy of mudslide since 1982 when at least 55 people died during a landslide in Mano River Congo. Mayor Koha wants national government to quickly move in with relief items for those made homeless due to the violent landslide.
Early Tuesday morning, officers of the Liberian National Police, along with a team from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the National Disaster Management, including the Liberia National Red Cross and the Grand Cape Mount County Health team, were seen working with local youths in search of more bodies from the wreckage.