KINSHASA: Twelve people passed away as well as thousands fell ill after a river in southern DR Congo was contaminated by toxic waste from a diamond mine, the government said.
Pollution of the Kasai River emerged in July, when local homeowners said its waters had turned red as well as dead fish were seen drifting at the city of Tshikapa, near the Angolan-owned mine.
In addition to 12 deaths, whose cause of death is unknown, 4,502 situations of diarrhoea as well as skin-related ailment have been videotaped, Setting Priest Eve Bazaiba said late Thursday.
“This catastrophe was brought on by an Angolan mining company, which has acknowledged the truths,” she stated, reporting on the searchings for of a specialist bilateral commission of questions.
In July, Bazaiba linked the air pollution to a “spill of hazardous compounds by an Angolan manufacturing facility specialising in commercial diamond mining”.
Local officials additionally saw dead hippos in the Kasai, a significant tributary to the Congo, the 2nd longest African river after the Nile.
Four out of the five management territories in Kasai province have been affected by the calamity, totalling 968,000 individuals, the probe discovered.