At least 50 people are feared to be dead after a makeshift gold mine collapsed in the town of Kamituga in South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) following heavy rains.
Footage filmed on Sunday shows rescuers, workers and locals attempting to clear the rubble blocking the entrance of the mine.
«So far we have not managed yet to get [miners'] bodies out. Since the day before yesterday, we have been forcing out the sand and water from the tunnels,» said miner Balume Jules.
He added, «We are working day and night to find the bodies of our drowned friends.»
Alexandre Bundya, mayor of Kamituga, continued: «The real problem in Kamituga is that we came back from the dry season, the population was no longer used to the rainy season and the rain surprised everyone.»
According to reports, the accident in the makeshift mine occurred on Friday at around 3 pm local time (13:00 GMT).