65 Arrested In Nimba
-Gov’t Launches Operation ‘Rescue Life’
65 alleged illegal miners have reportedly been arrested in Nimba County, Liberia as Government intensifies efforts to rescue several persons unaccounted for in the goldmines where landside killed several persons.
According to reports, the Incident Command Post set up by the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) in the town of Gbanipeahas been removed to the scene of the disaster which is 45 minutes’ walk away from Gbanipea.
The newest updates on “rescue efforts” coordinated by the NDMA in Nimba County reveals that Government security forces comprising the Liberia National Police (LNP), Liberia Immigration Service (LIS), Liberia Drugs Enforcement Agency (LDEA) and the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) have taken siege of the illegal goldmines operated by illegal miners where several persons are still unaccounted for in a loose soil collapse.
65 persons believed to be illegal miners have been arrested and turned over to the police detachment in Tappita City, Nimba County to be processed. Residents of the mines have been evacuated to safe havens where they are being catered for until operations “Rescue Alive or Recovered Dead” is over.
The Liberia National red Cross Society (LNRCS) has begun contact tracing so as to establish the exact information of people missing in the loose soil collapse. The Ministry of health (MOH), National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL), WASH Commission, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have begun testing water sources for possible water pollution, assessing livelihoods to ensure the safety of the community and conducting surveillance of a possible outbreak of either air or water borne diseases.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs and the National Traditional Council of Liberia have been engaging the chiefs and elders to ensure the operations are smoothly carried out without breaking our cultural norms.
Meanwhile, the complication of the mines is impeding speedy rescue efforts which now has brought the Technical Steering Committee set up by the President to provide supervision of the operations to its “Second Course of Actions” in the “Emergency Response Plan”, that is, by “moving in earth-moving equipment that will open a road from the main highway to the mining site which is an inaccessible site.
The purpose for this is to allow an excavator machine to move into the mines so as to speed up the rescue work”.
The NDMA sincerely appreciated the President George Manneh Weah for his role played as “Father” of the land by putting in the available resources to address the crisis and declaring Monday, February 18, 2019 as a “National Day of Mourning” in memory of those who lost their lives in the loose soil collapse.
The NDMA also appreciated all of its partners who are involved with the effort. “Your work is enormous and shall be remembered by both the living and the dead”.