One dead, four injured in Nyatike gold mine


One dead, four injured in Nyatike gold mine
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One miner died and four others are recuperating at Macalder health center in Nyatike sub County after they suffocated while doing their activities at Osiri Gold mine yesterday (Wednesday) evening in Migori County.

According to reports, the mine’s ventilation was blocked by a landslide on Wednesday while the five were still inside.

By the time the locals came to their rescue, one miner had suffocated to death.

Confirming the incident, Nyatike OCPD Dishon Chebeka said the identities of the four survivors are yet to be established as they are in stable condition.

The OCPD called on miners to be vigilant, especially during this rainy season, to avoid more deaths in the mines.

Last year at least six deaths were reported from the mine, with several other people suffering serious injuries.

Many lives have been lost at the various gold mines in Migori County, but locals have insisted that they have no other means of generating income for their families.

In December 2015 the government ordered the closure of the gold mines saying it was unsafe for the miners.

The order was opposed by the locals who said that over 1000 families depend on the mines directly.

Land in Nyatike is vast and laden with minerals such as gold and copper but cannot support agricultural activities, therefore thousands of residents depend on these minerals for their livelihood, despite the danger posed with the mining activities.

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Story By Rinaldi Khagayi
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