More tragedy has struck in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, this time in North Kivu Province where dozens of workers at a mining site are feared buried after a landslide on 08 May 2023.
The landslide occurred at the Songambele mine near the city of Rubaya in Masisi Territory in North Kivu Province, early on 08 May 2023.
Local media reported one hundred workers were thought to be at the site, and many were feared buried under the rubble. Videos shared on Social Media showed huge parts of the hillside above the mine crashing onto workers below.
During a press briefing on 08 May, the Minister of Communication and Media, Patrick Muyaya, said provisional assessments suggest six people had died. Search operations are ongoing.
In the neighbouring province of South Kivu, over 3,000 families lost their homes after catastrophic floods on 04 May 2023. The number of fatalities rises daily and as of 09 May, stood at over 400.
#URGENT: Quand l’inondation de Kalehe est en cours. Plusieurs sources locales à Bisunzu, près de Rubaya indiquent qu’un éboulement de terre a touché cette région ce lundi 08 mai. Le bilan n’est pas encore connu mais c’est près d’une dizaine de creuseurs artisanaux. #RDC pic.twitter.com/tmhdZXQ6bc
— Akilimali Saleh Chomachoma (@akilimalisaleh) May 8, 2023