Bloomberg- In the Central African Republic a gold-mining pit collapsed, the presidency said it killed at least 40 small-scale miners.
An undetermined number of workers were injured in the accident, which shadowed heavy rains; President Michel Djotodia’s office said in the capital, Bangui, in a statement read on state radio, the death told may rise further.
The presidency said; “The president extends his condolences to the victims’ families,” announcing that today three days of mourning will begin.
Most gold production in Central African Republic, which is approximately the size of Texas, is artisanal. (According to the U.S. Geological Survey) The country produced 117 pounds (53 kilograms) of gold in 2011, according to the company’s website.
Central African Republic is the world’s 11th biggest producer of rough diamonds by volume. (According to the USGS)