Vastavam web: A makeshift gold mine collapsed in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday after continuous torrential rain in the area. The mine is located in the town of Kamituga, in South Kivu province. The accident has taken nearly 50 lives, as per the initial investigations, most of whom were young people trying to earn a living and support their families.
The locals have told the local media that the collapse happened as a river flooded after torrential rain and water went into the three tunnels. The high pressure of the water unabled the miners to run out of the tunnels. A two-day mourning period has been announced in the region to pay respects to the ones who lost their lives, and help the local authorities in rescue mission.