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Gold mining: Five buried alive in illegal gold mining pit

Accra, Ghana - Five people, including a one-year-old girl, have been buried alive in an illegal gold mining pit in Ghana's Central Region, an Accra-based radio station has reported.

It said the accident occurred at Akookoso, in the Amansie Central district, on Tuesday when they were in the pit digging for gold. The child with her parents in the pit.

Radio XYZ quoted ASP Prince Odoom, Commander of the Jacobu district, as saying seven others who were also digging for gold in the same area escaped after the accident.

The bodies have been recovered and taken to a nearby hospital.

Many people have been buried alive in pits as thousands of illegal miners continue to did for gold and diamonds despite warnings by the government on the severe damage they are causing to the country's environment and water bodies.

Pana 12/03/2014