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Landslide kills 3 miners in gold-rich S Philippine village: police

(Xinhua)

09:24, August 18, 2011

DAVAO CITY, Philippines, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- Three people have been killed when a landslide hit a mining village in southern Philippines, police said on Thursday.

Search and rescue operations by police and soldiers are continuing for other possible victims following the landslide in Manurigao village, New Bataan town, in Mindanao's minerals-rich Compostela Valley after 7 p.m. Tuesday, according to Superintendent Jose Carumba, spokesperson of the Davao regional police.

The victims, all small-time miners, were resting inside their tent when part of the mountain collapsed, burying them amid a heavy downpour, Carumba told Xinhua by phone, adding four others were also wounded.

The latest disaster happened barely four months after a more deadly landslide buried a mining community in the other part of the province, killing over 20 mostly gold miners.

Compostela Valley sits in rich gold deposits, with nine of its 11 towns home to gold mining sites. But poor regulations resulted in substandard mining operations, causing massive casualties during disasters and accidents.

At least, 100 people have already died due to mining disasters and accidents in the province in the last five years, official estimates revealed.

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