Another gold mine in Kenya, Waringa village, Bondo subcounty has collapsed. Area police boss Roseline Chebosho confirmed the incident and said one miner has died while at least four others were rescued.
“One person is confirmed dead and I will give details after the assessment of the scene is done,” said Chebosho.
The incident comes barely two weeks after another gold mine collapsed in Abimbo village, trapping eight people. Six people were rescued alive while one was recovered dead. The search for the eighth miner is still on, with the family still camping at the site.
The search for one miner who is still trapped in Abimbo goldmine in Siaya County has entered the second week.The family of Tom Okwach is still camping at the site, with hopes that the more than one-week-long rescue operation will end soon. On Tuesday, family, and friends of Jacob Onyango, a survivor of the December 2 tragedy held celebrations at their home in Malela, Rarieda sub-county. Caren Adhiambo, Onyango’s mother said that she was happy to see her son alive after the horrifying incident.
“Even as we celebrate, we are still holding prayers for the family of the miner who is still trapped,” said Adhiambo.
Leaning on hopes
Onyango, who could not hide his joy however appealed to the government to deploy experts at the site in order to rescue Okwach who is still trapped. Even though there is scanty information about the state of the trapped miner, rescuers say they’re racing against time to save Okwach, who was among the eight miners trapped while mining last week.
Until five days ago, the rescuers said they were communicating with Okwach through a pipe that was also used to pump in oxygen. The compressor that was used to pump in oxygen after every ten minutes had gone silent, with a section of Okwach’s family members fearing for the worst.