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5 dead after Ghana gold mine collapse

2011-11-21 16:30

Monrovia - Five people died and several others were injured after an illegal mine collapsed in the west of Ghana, local media reported on Monday.

The five, including four women, were killed after the pit mine collapsed in the area of Mphor on Saturday. Several more are in hospital with critical injuries.

Others are still believed to be trapped beneath the rubble. A search and rescue operation is underway. Local police have arrested two people in conjunction with the deaths.

Illegal gold mines are common in Ghana, the world's second-largest gold-producing country, providing a source of income for those who cannot find jobs elsewhere. Gold retails at around €60 per gram in the West African country.

Although Ghana's economy is the fastest-growing in Africa - with a growth rate of 13.4% in 2011 according to the World Bank - unemployment outside of the formal sector is still high.

Last week Ghana's government announced plans to increase corporate tax on mining corporations operating in the country. It plans to hike the tax rate from 25% to 35%. Among those affected will be AngloGold Ashanti and the South African company Goldfields.