BANGUI, June 24 At least 37 gold miners died and
many others were injured in the Central African Republic when a
pit in which they were working collapsed after heavy rains, the
country's presidency said on Monday.
The incident happened on Sunday at a gold mine in Ndassima,
some 440 km (273 miles) east of the capital, Bangui, and three
days of national mourning have been declared.
"The toll of 37 is provisional as there were many injured,"
said Prosper Ndouba, spokesman for the president's office.
Ndouba said that 10 injured miners had been rescued but
there were an unknown number of bodies still buried after the
CAR, a former French colony, is rich in gold and diamonds
but the country has endured decades of instability, with rebels
sweeping from the north of the country to topple the president