Two illegal miners have died in Jorquelleh District, Bong County and another was injured after the gold mine they were working in collapsed, police in Bong County have said.
Jackson Village, in Jorquelleh District #2 where the land slide occurred is rich in gold deposits and popular with illegal artisanal miners, who work in unsafe shafts using shovels and generator-powered water pumps to dig for the precious element.
In the past month, police have arrested over 20 illegal miners involved in violent turfs for mining claims and explaining about the incident, a local told reporters, “We had dug about 20 feet deep when the mine collapsed on them.”
Mining activities were suspended across Jackson Village as locals worked hard to recover the bodies of their colleagues.
Meanwhile, Bong County Superintendent Esther Walker has appealed to miners to exercise great caution while prospecting for gold.
Jackson Village is a five-hour drive from Gbarnga to Jorpolu Clan, Jorquelleh District.