Dr. Congo gold mine collapse kills 50

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image CaptionSeveral accidents have occurred in the informal mines of DR Congo (file photo)

Rescuers are digging through the rubble after a gold mine collapsed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, killing about 50 people.

The mine near the town of Kamituga, in the east of the country, was in the midst of torrential rain on Friday.

Local officials say most of the dead are young people, and have called for two days of mourning.

Accidents are common in DR Congo’s mining industry, with poor safety standards.

Video footage showed hundreds of people attempting to clean up the debris with a rescue team using a shovel, or their hands, to remove the debris.

Local governor of South Kivu Province, Theo Kasi, said he was grieved by the “tragic deaths of 50 people, most of them young”.

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However, the mayor of Comituga, Alexandre Bundia, said “we are not yet sure of the exact number of casualties”, AFP news report.

An eyewitness told AFP that the heavy rain meant that “the water went into three tunnels. When people tried to get out, there was no way because the water was flowing loudly”.

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image CaptionWomen and children are among those working in the informal mines of DR Congo (file photo)

Mr Kasi’s office said it would “implement measures to prevent such incidents from recurring”.

Dr. The Congo has a rich stock of minerals such as cobalt, diamonds, copper and gold, but its people are among the world’s poorest after conflicts and mismanagement.

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