At least 22 people have died in a collapse at an unlicensed gold mine at Kampene in Maniema Province, Democratic Republic of Congo. The incident happened at about 2.00 pm local time on Wednesday 2 October 2019, when a large number of people were digging in the open pit mine, including pregnant women and children, with local reports saying that at least two women are among the dead. Initial reports that only twelve people had died have been raised after more bodies were found and some of those being treated in hospital for their injuries died. The mine had reportedly been operating for arbour ten years, with local authorities either unaware of it or turning a blind eye to its existence. The provincial government in Maniema has agreed to pay for the hospital treatment of the survivors and the funerals of those who died.
An illegal gold mine at Kampene in Maniema Province, Democratic Republic of Congo, where at least 22 people died in a collapse on 2 October 2019. 24HCongo.
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