The miners were trapped after a heavy downpour in the Talensi District inundated the pit they were working in three nights ago.
In a desperate attempt to locate and rescue the miners, a rescue team spent nearly 48 hours pumping water out of the underground mining tunnels.
The bodies of nine of them have now been discovered after it was confirmed that they had drowned.
Meanwhile, rescue efforts are intensifying, and a search is ongoing. A committee has already been formed by the Upper East Regional Minister to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.
The committee’s mission, according to Mr Stephen Yakubu, is to ensure that such incidents do not occur again in the District.
“In order for this not to happen again, I am going to put up a Committee to look over small scale mining here in the region. We are talking about our region and particularly this area, what is it that we [should] learn and do so that these unfortunate happenings will never happen again? And so I am going to do that,” he said.