Greater than 50 individuals are lifeless after landslides collapsed three artisanal gold mining wells close to the town of Kamituga in japanese Congo’s South Kivu province on Friday, officers mentioned.
Heavy rains for days led to the catastrophe.
“The diggers and the transporters of the stones have been swallowed up by the waters,” mentioned Kamituga Mayor Alexandre Bundya. “A group of rescuers with motor pumps got here to get better the our bodies of the victims.”
Diwa Honore, who survived the tragedy, mentioned greater than 50 individuals had been within the three wells, that are about 50 metres deep.
Artisanal mining quarries are sometimes unsafe in japanese Congo and the Kasai area. Girls and kids additionally work within the mines to make ends meet.
Lethal collapses occurred earlier this 12 months in Maniema and in Katanga, killing a minimum of 18 individuals.