Landslide kills at least 8 people in eastern Congo

TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) – A landslide crushed at least eight people and seriously injured nine others near an artisanal mine in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday, a local official said on Saturday.

The wounded are in a critical condition and receiving treatment at a local health facility, the administrator of Fizi territory in South Kivu Province, Aime Kawaya Mutipula, said by phone, Reuters reported.

Landslides are relatively common in the hilly slopes of eastern Congo where heavy rains can saturate and loosen soil. But they are more likely to occur if the soil has been disturbed by mining, tree-felling or construction.

In December, intense rains in Congo's capital Kinshasa caused flooding and landslides that killed around 170 people.

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