Emergency workers in Ghana are trying to rescue 17 miners trapped in an illegal mining pit since Sunday.
The pit, in Prestea-Nsuta town in the Western region, caved in, trapping the miners more than 25 metres underground.
“Five managed to escape,” according to local police. Rescue efforts are still ongoing 48 hours later in the hope of finding survivors.
Illegal mining, allegedly led by Chinese nationals, has been a source of concern to the Ghanaian authorities because of safety issues and its destructive impact on the environment.
Several arrests have been made and equipment seized.
The government has now set up a task force to investigate the problem as the number of accidents increase.