Several dozen people died this Friday as a result of a landslide in three gold mining pits in the city of Kamituga in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo).
Diwa Honoré, a survivor of the landslide quoted by the newspaper ‘7 sur 7’, has estimated the number of deaths at over 50. According to the authorities of Kamituga in South Kivu Province, the cause of the landslide was the heavy rainfall that was recorded in the city on Friday afternoon.
The mayor of Kamituga, Bundya Mpila Alexandre, has stated that the water swallowed the excavators and vans that were working in the well over 50 meters deep and flooded. A rescue team is on site to find the body of the deceased.
Such accidents are common in gold mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where most workers work in poor safety conditions.
According to a study by The Sentry published in October 2018, the exploitation of gold mines in conflict areas and the export of the metal are financing the war in the African country.