10 people were reportedly killed in a mudslide at two makeshift mines in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after torrential rain according to local official on Saturday.
The tragic incident occurred after heavy rain overnight Thursday to Friday across the Fizi enclave in South Kivu province, hitting two gold mining sites in the area.
“10 people were seen dead, nine others injured, and missing people,” Aime Kaway, the administrator at Fizi stated adding that it was difficult to know the exact number of missing.
“Most of the victims are artisanal miners and other persons who frequent the two mining sites,”he said.
Floods and landslides provoked by heavy rains often prove deadly in DR Congo.In mid-December, floods caused by torrential rain killed more than 160 people in the capital Kinshasa, in the west of the country.