Tragedy struck yesterday in Shiroro, Niger State, as a mining pit collapse left 30 miners trapped underground. Sadly, one person has been confirmed dead, with another seven injured and receiving treatment.

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Rescue efforts are underway, but they face challenges. The collapsed area is difficult to reach due to rough terrain. Additionally, the area has recently seen violence, making it risky for rescue workers.

Many residents have family or friends involved in mining, making the tragedy hit particularly close to home. Local resident, Amina Abubakar, spoke to Thepaan News, her voice trembling, “It’s just awful. We can’t help but think of those poor men down there. We pray for a miracle.”

“This is a disaster,” said community leader Alhaji Usman. “These men were just trying to make a living for their families. We need the authorities to do everything they can to bring them home safely.”

Officials are working carefully to avoid further collapse while trying to reach the trapped miners. The Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Ahmed Baba Suleiman Yumu, has appealed for patience and understanding from the public as the rescue operation continues. Yumu also pleads for the prayers of everyone invested in this critical operation.

Victoria Ibiama