No less than 50 individuals are presumed lifeless after an artisanal gold mine collapsed close to Kamituga within the Democratic Republic of Congo. The mine was the second such facility to break down in per week.

The mine collapsed on Friday afternoon following heavy rain, a neighborhood mining NGO informed Reuters. Kamituga is situated within the mineral-rich Maniema Province, one of many nation’s most necessary gold mining areas.

“A number of miners had been within the shaft, which was lined and nobody may get out. We’re speaking about fifty younger individuals,” NGO spokeswoman Emiliane Itongwa informed the information company.

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Mining is a notoriously harmful occupation. One other artisan mine collapsed in Maniema final week, killing three individuals and leaving one injured. Whereas the time period might indicate craftsmanship and high quality, an ‘artisan’ mine refers to a small operation that depends on rudimentary strategies to extract gold. These mines are sometimes unlawful, use poisonous chemical compounds to get better steel and gems, and draw staff from economically disadvantaged communities. 

Friday’s incident marks the deadliest mine collapse in Maniema lately. A collapse final October made worldwide information when two dozen staff had been killed, amongst them pregnant ladies and kids.

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