One of the many abandoned illegal mining pits dotted across the country has claimed the life of a 16-year-old JHS 2 pupil at Kodobeda, a farming community in the Atiwa East District of the Eastern Region. The deceased, Desmond Quaye until his demise was a pupil of the Anointed Preparatory School.
According to officers at the Anyinam District Police Command, initial Police investigations suggests that Demond Quaye drowned when he attempted to swim in an
abandoned galamsey pit which has illegally been turned into a swimming pool by children in the area.
Whilst investigations continue, the body of the deceased has been deposited at the Kibi Government Hospital Morgue.
Abandoned illegal mining pits dotted across mining districts in the country, particularly in the Western, Eastern and Ashanti Regions are a major cause of increasing cases of drowning in the country.
Illegal miners, after their digging expeditions, leaves many of the pits uncovered for years. These open pits are mostly covered with weeds, trapping usually, unsuspecting farmers. Those that are filled with rainwater also become traps for children who play in them.
The government’s promise to reclaim all abandoned mining pits following the streamlining of illegal mining activities in the country has not been fulfilled yet, exposing many rural dwellers to dangers associated with drowning.