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Congo mine accident kills over 60 people

08-16-2012 10:09 BJT

KINSASHA, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- More than 60 miners died earlier this week when a quarry collapsed in the northeast part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, local media said Wednesday.

A UN-sponsored Radio Okapi said on its website that the accident occurred on Monday at Pangoy in northeast Orientale Province, when the shaft sides suddenly collapsed and buried all miners 100 meters underground.

Local government has confirmed the death toll, and said although the type of mine was still unknown, it has been abandoned, the Kinshasa-based radio reported.

Similar accidents are common in the mineral-rich region, where safety measures in quarries are almost zero.



Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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