Gold mine collapse in DR Congo leaves 50 feared dead

Rescuers in DR Congo are racing against time to pullout trapped workers stuck in a gold mine after it collapsed.

Local officials say about 50 people are to be feared dead, most of them young.

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

Video footage showed hundreds of people attempting to clear the rubble blocking the entrance of the mine, with some rescuers using shovels, or their hands, to move debris.

The local governor of South Kivu province, Theo Kasi, said he was saddened by “the tragic deaths of 50 people, most of them young”. However, the mayor of Kamituga, Alexandre Bundya said, “we are not yet sure of the exact number” of those killed.

DR Congo has rich reserves of minerals like cobalt, diamonds, copper and gold, but its people remain among the poorest in the world following years of conflict and mismanagement.

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