In the Democratic Republic of Congo, a potential tragedy was averted following heavy rainfall that caused a gold mine to collapse. Nine miners narrowly escaped from the rubble, as seen in footage that showed the men crawling out of the narrow entrance.
One of the miners even used his bare hands to clear away debris in order to escape.
The incident highlights the lack of safety procedures and proper equipment in many informal mining sites, which are often hazardous. South Kivu province, where the mine collapse occurred, is particularly known for such sites.
Mining is a major industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and gold is one of the country’s most valuable resources. However, the industry has long been plagued by poor working conditions, including a lack of safety measures and insufficient protective equipment for workers. Incidents like this are all too common and demonstrate the need for greater investment in the industry to ensure the safety and well-being of those who work in it.