Twenty-four folks have been killed when a landslide engulfed a gold mine in DR Congo’s jap Ituri province after days of torrential rain battered the area, an official mentioned Sunday.
“Our teams on the ground .. have pulled out 24 bodies and saved two people,” provincial minister of mining Dieudonne Apasa instructed AFP. As rescuer employees have been nonetheless looking out, the toll may rise, he mentioned.
“The incident happened yesterday between 5:30 pm (1530 GMT) and 6:00 pm. They were taken by surprise by a landslide, which engulfed them,” Apasa added.
“The almost daily rains that have been falling recently on the region are the main cause of this landslide.”
The gold panners have been working at Ndiyo mine round 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Watsa, the primary city within the Watsa territory of Upper-Uele province.
Further to the south, civil authorities mentioned landslides attributable to the incessant rain had killed 31 folks between December 7 and 14 at Bukavu in jap (*24*) Kivu province.
The same catastrophe in a makeshift mine at Maniema additional to the west killed 31 folks in October, and landslides attributable to heavy rains have been blamed for not less than 41 deaths within the capital Kinshasa on November 26.
Accidents in DR Congo’s makeshift mines are a typical prevalence, and are sometimes lethal. Because many such mines are in distant areas, nonetheless, the accidents are under-reported.
The miners promote what they discover to native merchants, who promote it on to giant international firms.