At least 50 people killed after gold mine collapses in Congo

At least 50 people have been killed after a gold mine collapsed in east Congo.

The artisanal gold mine collapsed near Kamituga in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday afternoon, a local mining NGO said.

The incident reportedly happened following heavy rains.

Mukambilwa Sidibo, coordinator of the civil society movements of Congo in Kamituga, told Actualite: “Several young people and fathers, artisanal miners, died today in three wells including those of Nivelle, Kubota and Tendi.

“In these three wells, the diggers were looking for gold, but with the rains which are shot, they were drowned by the waters and all died.”

Searches are continuing to try and find the bodies among the rubble, reports said.

Accidents on artisanal gold mines are said to be frequently reported in the DRC, according to Sputnik news.

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