Twelve individuals are useless and 4,500 individuals have fallen sick in southern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) following a poisonous leak from the Catoca diamond mine in neighbouring Angola in July, the DRC’s surroundings minister mentioned Thursday.
Eve Bazaiba, the minister mentioned shortly after a go to to Kasai province, the place the Tshikapa River turned crimson and plenty of fish died, that the DRC would ask for reparations for the harm induced however couldn’t but say how a lot it could request.
She mentioned the DRC will search reparations in step with the “polluter pays” precept, Bazaiba mentioned, however didn’t specify how precisely the 12 individuals died.
Kasai provincial Governor Dieudonne Pieme banned individuals from ingesting water and consuming fish from the Tshikapa River after the spill, which he mentioned considerably depleted the river’s fish inhabitants.
Sociedade Mineira de Catoca, which manages the mine that produces 75 per cent of Angola’s diamonds, didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon the deaths, the Reuters information company reported.
The corporate beforehand mentioned it instantly took measures to minimise the move of sediment into rivers and that it donated meals baskets to affected communities to mitigate the impression of the spill.