Landslide kills 3 miners in South Cotabato

Published by rudy Date posted on April 1, 2011

MANILA — Officials said a landslide triggered by heavy rains has buried alive three miners who were resting in their bunkhouse in South Cotabato province.

Civil defense officer Roy Dorado said Thursday that two other miners were slightly injured at the same site in South Cotabato’s T’boli town when rushing floodwater eroded a portion of the road they were standing on and swept them away.

He said heavy rains late Wednesday eroded soil on a slope near the miners’ rest house outside a tunnel.

Village leaders have ordered residents to evacuate.

The area is prone to landslides after years of mining.

Army spokesman Lt. Col. Lyndon Paniza said officials are checking if anyone has been trapped in the mining tunnels. (AP)

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