1 miner dead, 5 rescued in Philippine landslide

MANILA, Philippines — Police say a gold miner has been killed and five others dug up alive by fellow miners after their hut got buried by a landslide in a remote mountain town in the southern Philippines.

Compostela Valley provincial police chief Aaron Aquino says days of pounding rain set off the landslide that buried the hut in which the six miners were resting on Friday in Pantukan town.

Aquino said Sunday it was not immediately clear if the victims were among the many illegal miners operating in the vast mountainous region. Police have been trying to enforce a crackdown against illegal mining despite the danger posed by communist guerrillas and difficult terrain.

Compostela Valley lies about 600 miles (900 kilometers) southeast of Manila.



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