Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Search resumes for 12 missing Philippine miners

Rescue teams on Monday resumed their search for the 12 miners reported missing after landslides cascaded down their shanties in Benguet province in the Cordillera Administrative Region in the Northern Luzon highlands at the height of typhoon Goni, according to officials State weathermen also reported that Goni (local codename Ineng) already left the country after ravaging extreme Northern Luzon that forced thousands of people to flee their homes due to floods, making major roads impassable as well as felling down trees and power lines.

Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan said relatively good weather prevailed over the area on Monday after several days of heavy rain and strong winds that prevented the rescue teams from proceeding to a remote mountain village in the town of Mankayan where the 12 missing miners were believed trapped by landslides and mudslides.

The 12 were among the 16 miners reported missing but four were confirmed dead when the teams retrieved their bodies from the site on Saturday, Fongwan said amid fears the rest were also killed when their shanties were buried by the landslides.

Meanwhile, police on Monday reported that four other small-scale miners succumbed to gas poisoning in the town of Itogon also in Benguet.

Police said the bodies of the victims were already recovered from a tunnel but clarified their death was not related to the devastation wrought by Goni (Korean word for swan) on Benguet and other provinces in Northern Luzon.

Tuesday 25 August 2015



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