37 dead in African gold mine collapse

At least 37 miners have died after a gold mine collapsed in the Central African Republic, according to a spokesman for the presidency.

The accident occurred on Sunday in Ndassima, about 440 kilometres east of the capital Bangui.

Reuters reports three days of mourning has been called.

Heavy rain put pressure on the mine and caused it collapse, trapping workers and killing them.  

The death toll could climb as only 10 workers were uncovered alive. It is not known how many miners are trapped, according to spokesman Prosper Ndouba.

“The toll of 37 is provisional as there were many injured,” he said.

The former French colony of Central African Republic is abundant in gold and diamonds. But the country has been the subject of decades of violence, as rebels infiltrated from the north of the country to overthrow the president in March.

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