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Central African Republic Mourns Mine Collapse Deaths

The Central African Republic is observing three days of national mourning after nearly 40 people were killed in a gold mine collapse.

The accident occurred Sunday, at a mine in Ndassima in the middle of the country, after very heavy rains.

In a statement read on state radio, presidential spokesman Prosper Ndouba said at least 37 people were killed and that the death toll could rise further.

Ndouba said CAR President Michel Djotodia extends his condolences to the victims' families.

The gold and diamond mining sectors are major sources of revenue for the CAR economy.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.