One Buried as Illegal Mine Collapses in Bugiri

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A 33 year old man miner in Nabwala village, Budhaya Sub County in Bugiri district was buried alive after an illegal gold mine caved in.

A 33 year old man miner in Nabwala village, Budhaya Sub County in Bugiri district was buried alive after an illegal gold mine caved in.

Paul Isiko alias Miti was buried as he went on digging gold in the illegal mines at around 6:30 am today.

Two others sustained serious injuries and were rescued from the mine, over 30 feet deep by locals who rushed to the scene.

One of the rescuers, Henry Kalisa, says they suspected that there could be a problem after hearing a loud bang coming from the direction of the mines followed by a thick cloud of dust.

Kalisa explains that when they reached the scene, they found that the deceased had already been buried under the mud but the two survivors were a few meters underneath. Their limbs could be seen and this helped in the rescue effort.

The injured, Francis Wabwire and John Musobya, are currently admitted at Bugiri Main Hospital with serious injuries on their heads, hands and legs.

According to the LC 2 chairman for Nabwala parish, Jafferi Kibwika, the miners had earlier been cautioned against the dangers of carrying out illegal mining in vain.

Three people have now died at the same illegal gold mine in less than a year after being buried alive.

The Bugiri resident district commissioner, Margret Mwanamoiza said locals in the area are to be sensitized about the dangers of carrying out illegal gold mining.

She said most of the locals in the area have resorted to illegal mining of gold especially during the rainy season claiming they lack any other income generating activities.

The district police commander, Richard Musisi said he heard about the incident but that investigations into the matter are still underway.