Seven die in DR Congo goldmine collapse

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Seven miners have died and five are missing after a makeshift goldmine collapsed in eastern DR Congo’s South Kivu province after heavy rain, local sources said Wednesday.

The accident occurred Monday near Shabunda, said Cyrille Lualuba Bendera, who represents local NGOs. He said the torrential rains sparked the collapse, “taking the artisanal diggers by surprise while they were hard at work in a shaft at least six metres (20 feet) deep.”

Of 13 people who were in the shaft, only one was found alive, but was “seriously injured” and taken to hospital, he said.

The seven dead miners were buried Monday at the site, while a search for the five missing was under way, he added.

South Kivu authorities said they were aware of the accident but declined to comment.

Artisanal miners in the vast central…

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