Kinshasa - The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo
says more than 20 people have died in a collapse at a bush mine in the region
of Masisi in North Kivu province. That's in the far eastern part of the
The statement sent to reporters late on Friday and signed by
government spokesperson Lambert Mende says the mine near the village of Rubaye
collapsed on Friday evening. The statement says a search is on for any possible
North Kivu is rich in minerals, including coltan and gold.
Illegal and unregulated bush mines dot the countryside.