Rescue operation for Migori miners enters third day

Rescue operations for four gold miners trapped inside a mine at Osiri in Nyatike Sub County, Migori County entered the third day Monday amid calls for support from relevant emergency response units.

Local residents have been digging the tunnels since Saturday when the mines collapsed following heavy rains burying their colleagues.

The local miners who have been forced to use crude equipment to dig through the dingy tunnels in search of their colleagues after the mines they were working in collapsed.

The four artisanal miners are said to have been trapped after a heavy downpour which caused landslides inside the mine.

The rescue operation began on Saturday morning when the four were reported missing at the site. The locals are appealing to the Migori county government to assist them with modern mining machines to minimize risks saying mining remains the only source of income for many families in the region.

The latest incident comes barely a month after two miners died   during a mining expedition at Masara, in Suna west, Migori County.

Three girls rescued

Separately, three girls from Kararia village in Elgeyo Marakwet County were over the weekend rescued from undergoing female genital mutilation.

The three aged 13 and 15 were set to undergo the cut at the wee hours of Saturday morning but the function was thwarted by the local administrators and police.

“The girls are now safe under the custody of the chief in Kararia,” said Kapyego division Assistant County Commissioner Andrew Mutuma.

The officers were tipped off by the minor’s father who protested the cut that the mother had secretly arranged for the girls to undergo the outdated rite.

No arrests have been made. The incident comes barely two weeks after Elgeyo Marakwet county commissioner Fredrick Ndambuki condemned resurgence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the county.

United Nations Fund for Population Activities [UNFPA] in collaboration with World Vision Kenya and Marakwet Girls foundation kicked off several multi-agency sensitization programs in Marakwet as the outlawed practice climaxed in Late November and early December this year.

  

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