The incident happened on Thursday 18th August 2022 around 4:30 p.m. The two men who went missing were working at a mine belonging to a licensed cooperative dubbed Kotatu by the time it collapsed. They are identified as Jean Paul Habyarimana, 48 and Emmanuel Hakizimana.
Sources reveal that landslide moved the soil on the slope nearby their position at work and buried them.
Operations to rescue the two men were launched immediately on collaboration between residents, local leaders and security officials but ended up in vain on the first day. On Friday morning, an excavator was deployed to remove the soil.
Rulindo Vice Mayor in Charge of Economic Development, Antoine Mutsinzi has said, by press time, that the search for the two men is ongoing and urged owners of mining companies to comply with regulations and take into consideration the nature of mining sites to prevent similar incidents.