[www.inewsguyan.com] – The Guyana gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) has released its preliminary report into Sunday’s tragic mining pit cave in which left ten miners dead at Kowasi Backdam on the Potaro river.
Thus far, the bodies of six of the miners have been recovered while another 4 remain buried under the rubble. Seven of the miners received varying degrees of injuries and were hospitalised.
In a statement to the media, the mining representative Body explained that after its preliminary investigation, it has “concluded that the heavy rains in the area, improper mining design and poor safety practices were among the causes for the accident.”
GGDMA noted too that it is concerned about the current injunction on the holder of the property Edward Hopkinson and on the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission.
“As a consequence the injunction may have contributed to inadequate monitoring of the affected mining operations,” GGDMA stated.
“The GGDMA however advises all miners that they work in accordance with the Mining Act and Regulations. The GGDMA advises all miners to take extra precautions during the rainy season. The GGDMA reminds miners that it has on staff a mining engineer and qualified environmental officers who can offer technical assistance to miners,” the release also stated.
The Association stated that it is eagerly awaiting reports from the Guyana Police Force (GPF), the GGMC and the Ministry of Labour on the incident before filing a final report.