At least 50 people have reportedly died as a gold mine collapsed near Kamituga in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. A local mining NGO reported the news.
Emiliane Itongwa, president of the Initiative of Support and Social Supervision of Women, reported that the mine collapsed on the
Detroit mine site on Friday afternoon (local time) after heavy rains.
“Several miners were in the shaft which was covered and no one could get out. We are talking about 50 young people,” she said.
the company’s chief executive said that the mine was not situated on the Kamituga gold concession owned by Canadian miner Banro Corporation.
Photos and videos of Hundreds of people are going viral. Some of the people could be heard crying on a hillside around the mine-shaft entrance.
Mining accidents are reported more often in Congo, with several casualties.
Earlier in June 2019, sixteen people died due to a landslide at a disused gold mine. While 43 illegal miners died in another landslide at a copper and cobalt mine.
The Security forces in Brazil have foiled the shipment of 70,000 tonnes of illegally mined manganese scheduled for China on Sunday.
According to the local media, authorities seized 70,000 tonnes of illegally mined manganese that four companies were preparing to ship to China from a northern port.
The media reported that the seized illegally mined manganese worth $10 million.