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Around 50 Feared Dead in DR Congo Gold Mine Collapse After Heavy Rains Flood Nearby River

File picture of labourers working at a mine close to the city of Rubaya within the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. (Image for illustration/REUTERS)

Accidents in DR Congo’s makeshift mines are a standard incidence, and are sometimes lethal. Many such mines are in distant areas, that means the accidents are under-reported.

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  • Last Updated: September 12, 2020, 2:34 PM IST

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About 50 persons are feared useless after a gold mine collapsed within the japanese Democratic Republic of Congo following torrential rain, native authorities mentioned Saturday.

The accident within the makeshift mine occurred on Friday within the city of Kamituga, in South Kivu province.






Provincial governor Theo Ngwabidje Kasi deplored “the tragic deaths of 50 people, most of them young”.

However, Kamituga mayor Alexandre Bundya mentioned “we are not yet sure of the exact number” of victims. An area resident who was on the scene, Jean Nondo, instructed AFP that “according to witnesses, there are more than 50 dead. There is only one survivor.”

He mentioned a river near the mine had flooded after torrential rain.

“Water went into the three tunnels. When people tried to get out, there was no way as the water was flowing strongly, with high pressure,” he mentioned.

Bundya blamed “soil subsidence caused by torrential rain” for the accident. The mayor decreed a two-day mourning interval and known as on native residents to assist extract the our bodies from the bottom.

Accidents in DR Congo’s makeshift mines are a standard incidence, and are sometimes lethal. Many such mines are in distant areas, that means the accidents are under-reported. The miners promote what they discover to native merchants, who promote it on to massive international corporations.

“Investigations must be carried out to find out the causes of this disaster,” mentioned a consultant of the civil society, Nicolas Kyalangalilwa.

“The authorities must take responsibility instead of taxing” these miners.


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