Fourteen ‘illegal’ miners are feared dead after being trapped in a mine at Prestea-Nsuta in the Western Region of Ghana.

A total of 19 miners are reported to have entered the pit in an attempt to extract minerals, however, a heavy downpour in the area led to the collapse of the pit, leaving all of them trapped.

Ghanaians at large have taken a tough stance towards the fight against illegal mining, popularly referred to as galamsey, with government making all efforts to halt the canker.

To this end, security personnel have been deployed in the various illegal mining areas to scare of prospective galamseyers.

But the latest pit collapse suggest some people have paid deaf ears and are still engaging in the process, despite numerous arrests being made.

The pit where the victims were trapped is reported to be 80 meters deep, raising fears as to whether they could still be alive.

But according to the District Police commander of Nsuta, Superintendent Atsu Dzinaku, five of the miners,though, managed to escape unstuck.

She also confirmed that the five escapees are currently assisting Police investigations, as a rescue mission is also underway in search of the 14 trapped persons.