Information reaching a1radioonline.com indicates that seven residents of Gbane have lost their lives through an explosion of toxic gas whiles several others are in critical conditions.
Gbane traditional area Secretary, John Yaro, who disclosed the disaster to a1radioonline.com, explained that the incident happened on Friday, April 7.
He mentioned that he received a distress call from Gbane on the morning of Friday from a member of the community that some residents have been smoked in a pit by Shan Xii mining company, a Chinese mining Company based in the Talensi District.
According to Mr.Yaro, he was wondering why Shan Xii Mining Company will set up their toxic gas explosive without notifying the entire community since that was the agreement between the mining company and the traditional area in the presence of the mineral commission.
He described the incident as a disaster and unfortunate to the people of Gbane and Talensi traditional area as a whole.
Meanwhile, The Upper East Regional Police Command has launched investigations into the disaster amid public shock and mourning in homes of the pitmen who died. Local miners in the community have pronounced the deadly blast as “the usual act” of the Chinese employees of the Shaanxi Mining Company Limited in the area, saying the explosive was targeted at the busy pits of rival mining groups. But the Public Relations Officer of the Chinese mining firm, Maxwell Wooma, has strongly denied any links between the company’s operational area and where the disaster struck.
By: Ngamegbulam Chidozie Stephen/a1radioonline.com/Ghana