July 19, 2019
Africa

At least 36 killed in Congo mine collapse

Search and rescue operations are ongoing, said the town's mayor, Veronique Upite Nkamina. She told CNN that 36 bodies have been pulled from the rubble so far and taken to a morgue.Reuters reported that the death toll is "at least 39," citing the province's governor, Richard Muyej.According to a statement from Glencore, the miners were working without permission at the Kamoto Copper Company (KCC) in Congo's southeast region when two galleries overlooking the extraction area caved in on them.Glencore said it had recorded an increase in illegal mining in its operations in the area, with an average of 2,000 illegal miners entering their sites every day."This has presented a significant risk to its employees, operating equipment and the illegal artisanal miners themselves," Glencore said in the statement. "KCC urges all illegal miners to cease from putting their lives at risk by trespassing on a major industrial site."In thRead More – Source

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