Thirteen bodies retrieved from collapsed mine pit in Ghana

21:01, July 02, 2010      

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Eight more bodies had been recovered by rescue workers at the collapsed mine pit at Dunkwa-on-Offin in the central region of Ghana, bringing the bodies retrieved by rescue workers to 13.

Rescue workers had been working since Monday to recover bodies of mine workers crushed to death when the mine pit where they were working had collapsed.

So far only one of the retrieved bodies had been identified since the deformed and mangled bodies had made it difficult for families to identify their relatives.

Rescue workers described how the dead of bodies were mangled as a result of the weird frenzy of the desperate miners who struggled in vain to escape. Some had their heads in between others' thighs, while others had their limbs in others' mouths.

"Rescue work is still going on although very challenging," Central Regional Fire Officer Michael Opoku Nkansah told Xinhua.



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