Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman has ordered an immediate enforcement operation to be conducted into the most recent mining tragedy which occurred last evening at Issano Backdam, Region Seven.

Reports are that Lennox Douglas, 33, of Canvas City Wismar, Linden, died due to the caving in of a mining pit in which he was working. This report comes after two other mining related deaths which occurred recently in Mowasi Backdam, Potaro last month.

According to Minister Trotman, the operation will be conducted jointly by the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) and the Ministry’s Compliance Division’s Corp of Wardens. The operation is intended to address problems of this nature in the mining area where there has been an increase in accidents.

The agencies are expected to provide a report upon completion of the operation.

The Ministry via a missive to the media also sought to extend condolences to the relatives of the deceased.



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