Three Lives Lost as Mining Pit Collapses in Zamfara

A mining pit in Zamfara collapses, killing three people.

At least three small-scale miners have lost their lives after a mining pit collapsed in Dan Kamfani, Anka Local Government, Zamfara State.

The incident, which occurred around 4 p.m. on Thursday, also left 11 others injured, an eyewitness told Channels Television on Saturday.

The eyewitness added that the deceased are all from the Yar Tsabaya district in Anka LGA.

As rescue efforts unfolded amidst the dust and debris, the harsh reality of the mining pit collapse became painfully evident. Three lives extinguished prematurely and 11 others grappling with injuries, paint a grim picture of the risks associated with small-scale mining. The incident not only underscores the vulnerability of those engaged in such activities but also raises questions about the safety measures in place and the regulatory framework governing mining operations in the region.

He stated that the number of casualties can’t be ascertained due to the depth of the mining pit which is 275 metres deep.

The eyewitness added that the deceased are all from the Yar Tsabaya district in Anka LGA.

While small-scale mining often serves as a lifeline for communities, offering employment and economic opportunities, the incident in Dan Kamfani serves as a stark reminder of the human cost associated with these endeavors. The allure of potential prosperity must be tempered with a commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of those engaged in such hazardous occupations.

“The mining collapsed a few minutes to 4 p.m. on Thursday, we don’t know the exact number of people inside the mining pit, but three dead bodies were recovered, and 11 others are seriously wounded.

“The three people who died are from the Yar Tsabaya district of Anka Local Government. Up till now, we don’t have the actual figure of the people inside, and we cannot confirm the number of people because the mining pit is about 275 metres deep,

He said the injured are currently receiving treatment at the Anka General Hospital

Zamfara is rich in solid minerals, which include gold, iron ore, limestone, and granite, among others.

For years on end, illegal mining in Zamfara State has fueled banditry and other criminal activities.

The state governor, Dauda Lawal, issued a ban on illegal mining activities and ordered law enforcement officials to take stringent action against violators. The PUNCH

The mining pit collapse in Dan Kamfani, Zamfara, stands as a solemn reminder of the inherent risks associated with small-scale mining and the imperative need for robust safety measures. As the affected community mourns the loss of three lives and supports those grappling with injuries, it is crucial for stakeholders, including local authorities, mining operators, and regulatory bodies, to collaborate in redefining safety standards and practices. The tragedy in Zamfara should not fade into the background but serve as a catalyst for positive change, fostering a safer and more sustainable future for those engaged in the mining industry.

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