Nine Congolese miners have managed to get out of a collapsed gold mine. The mine had collapsed after heavy rains in Congo’s South Kivu province.
A group of miners supported themselves only with a shovel and dug the earth with their bare hands to help their companions.
Images of the rescue were circulated on social media.
The dramatic video shows the moment one of the miners tries to clear the tunnel as earth continues to fall on them. One by one, the trapped miners began to emerge, while a group of onlookers celebrated.
Mining accidents are common in this central African country. Lack of safety protocols and proper equipment are usually the cause of landslides inside mines.
In 2020, for example, more than 50 people died after landslides caused the collapse of three artisanal gold mines near the town of Kamituga in the southern Congo province of South Kivu.
More deadly meltdowns occurred that year in Maniema and Katanga, killing at least 18 people.
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