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Mining pit tragedy once again exposes the lack of enforcement of safety measures

This latest mining pit tragedy once again exposes the lack of enforcement of safety measures  at  mining concessions.

And already the authorities have signalled their intention to meet with the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association to deal with the issue.

The three men left for the interior seeking a better life  for themselves and their family, but those hopes were dashed when a mining pit in Aranka on Wednesday collapsed, killing  the three men and injuring two others.

Capitol News understands, that the men were more than 30 feet below ground surface when the wall collapsed.

Dead are 22-year old Devon Barry, Elson Singh and Deonarine Persaud, all from Anns Grove on the East Coast of Demerara.

At Barry’s home today, his mother Ulander was still trying to cope with his passing and spoke of her son’s drive to make ends meet.

And it was a double blow for the family who also lost their cousin Elson Singh in the accident. Elson was said to be one of the main persons manning the operations.

At Persaud’s  home today, his mother and other relatives were all in tears as they talked about his tragic passing .

Barry, his cousin Elson and Persaud left three weeks ago to work at his cousin’s  mining camp, in Aranka.

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