An unconfirmed number of miners are feared dead after water flooded an artisanal gold mine in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday.
The flood was caused by torrential rains.
The accident in the makeshift mine occurred in the town of Kamituga, in South Kivu province, about 270 kilometres (170 miles) southwest of the regional capital Bukavu.
South Kivu governor Theo Ngwabidje Kasi who confirmed the incident said about “50 people, most of them young” died.
However, Kamituga mayor Alexandre Bundya said “we are not yet sure of the exact number” of victims.
Meanwhile, no bodies had been recovered so far, but rescues officials are the scene of the incident.
DR Congo’s mineral-rich but volatile east faces regular attacks from a plethora of militias and rebel groups which operate freely in the region.