Miner killed, 3 others injured in Agusan landslide
DAVAO CITY, Philippines — A miner was killed and three others were injured in a landslide that hit a mining village in southern Philippines late on Tuesday, police said on Wednesday.
The incident happened as the victims were cooking dinner outside their mining shaft in gold-rich Tagmamarkay village, Tubay town, in Mindanao’s Agusan del Norte province around 7:30 p.m. local time, according to town police chief Jose Lumacang.
Days of incessant rains have hit the area, causing loose soil and rocks to tumble down the mountainside, burying the victims, Lumacang told local radio.
He said villagers frantically dug the buried miners, but one of them, identified as Joven Namoc, died and his companions suffered injuries and were rushed to a local hospital for treatment.
Landslides, cave-ins and other accidents are common in minerals-rich mountain villages in the Philippines due to unregulated and environmentally-destructive small-scale mining operations.
In one of the worst mining disasters in the country in recent years, at least 50 people were killed and scores missing when a mountainside collapsed and buried miners and their families in the gold-rich town of Pantukan, in Mindanao’s Compostela Valley in 2011.