Friday, June 28, 2019

43 illegal miners killed in Congo mine collapse

The death toll from a mine collapse in south-east Congo has risen to 43, authorities said on Friday.

“The toll has grown to 43,” Richard Muyej, governor of Lualaba province, where the accident took place, told dpa.

On Thursday authorities had recovered 36 bodies after the accident at the Kamoto Copper Company mine.

The miners were there illegally, according to the governor.


Congo is rich in minerals like copper and cobalt and accidents in mines are not uncommon.

Fourteen people were killed overnight in March, when a small-scale mine in a tin-rich area of eastern DR Congo collapsed.

Local officials had said that the incident occurred in Niyabibwe, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) north of Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu province.

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