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on video | 9 miners are miraculously expelled from a collapsed mine in Congo

A video showing nine Congolese miners unexpectedly emerging from a collapsed gold mine tumbling down a steep slope as onlookers cheered joyously went viral in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a rare remarkable story.

Mining accidents are common in this central African country, especially in small artisanal sites such as those in South Kivu province.

This mine collapsed on Saturday after heavy rain.

screenshot | Reuters

The video shows a man sitting precariously on the side of a steep sandy cliff, digging frantically as a group of other men stand in a large circle around him, watching him.

Suddenly, a miner emerges from the rubble, as if emerging from a pipe, and walks down the slope.

Spectators erupt in joy and surprise, reports Reuters.

Then we see the rescuer redoubling his efforts to dig through the rubble with his bare hands. Then another miner appears, then another, and within two minutes, nine men are out unharmed.

Reuters verified the video, which was widely circulated on social media.

A lack of safety measures and proper equipment is behind frequent tunnel collapses in Congolese mines, where miners are trapped underground with little chance of survival.

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