DR Congo: Seven dead in makeshift goldmine collapse 

 

Seven miners are reported dead, and five missing following a makeshift gold mine collapse in eastern DR Congo’s South Kivu province after a heavy downpour.

A representative of the local NGOs, Cyrille Lualuba Bendera, confirmed that the accident occurred Monday near Shabunda in Dr. Congo.

 

He attributed the collapse to the torrential rains  “taking the artisanal diggers by surprise while they were hard at work in a shaft at least six meters (20 feet) deep.”

Just one out of a total number of 13 people who were in the shaft was found alive, though he sustained severe injuries and was rushed to the hospital, he said.

 

The seven miners who unfortunately died were buried Monday at the mining site, while a search for the five missing was launched,  he added.

It should be noted that artisanal miners in the vast central African country often work under challenging conditions, ignoring safety norms.

They also sell gold or copper to brokers who sell the metals to large foreign businesses.

 

Such accidents are common and often quite deadly but usually go unreported because of the remote areas where the activity occurs.

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