Twenty-two people have been confirmed dead after a gold mine collapsed in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday, October 2.
The illegally-run gold mine is located in Kampene town in the country’s Maniema province.
In a press statement, the country’s Social Affairs Minister Steve Mbikayi said that search and rescue operations were underway.
Fourteen people were pronounced dead on Wednesday while seven bodies were recovered on Thursday.
One person succumbed to serious injuries at the hospital on Thursday.
The incident comes months after 36 illegal miners died after a copper mine collapsed in Kolwezi in Congo’s southeast region earlier in June.