Dozens dead in CAR gold-mine accident

At least 37 people killed and many other injured after pit in which they were working collapses under heavy rains.

Last Modified: 25 Jun 2013 03:30
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

At least 37 workers have died and many others have been injured in the Central African Republic in a gold-mine accident, according to the country's president's office.

The pit in which they were working collapsed after heavy rains on Sunday in Ndassima, about 440km east of the capital, Bangui, and a three-day period of national mourning has been declared.

"The toll of 37 is provisional as there were many injured," Prosper Ndouba, spokesman for the president's office, said on Monday.

Ndouba said that 10 injured miners had been rescued but there were an unknown number of bodies still to be recovered after the accident.

CAR, a former French colony, is rich in gold and diamonds but the country has endured decades of instability, with rebels
sweeping from the north of the country to topple the president in March.


Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
Featured on Al Jazeera
UNHCR says hundreds of people trapped in Yaloke town risk death if they are not evacuated to safety urgently.
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Long-standing dispute over Christian use of the word 'Allah' raises concerns about a very un-Merry Christmas.
The threat posed by ISIL has prompted thousands of young Kurds to join the PKK.
Baja California - with its own grim history of disappeared people - finds a voice in the fight against violence.
Russian feminist rockers fight system holding 700,000 - the world's largest per capita prison population after the US.
Weeks of growing protests against Muslims continue in Dresden with 15,000 hitting the streets last Monday.