4 dead, 6 still missing in Cebu mine landslide

Four persons died, 11 were injured, and six more remain missing in a rain-triggered landslide at a mining site in Toledo City, Cebu, the mine operator said.

“The company solemnly regrets to inform that this incident has claimed four lives,” Carmen Copper Corp. said in a statement issued 1 p.m. today.

A copy of the statement was posted at the Facebook page of the Toledo City government’s public information office.

“The company continues its efforts to locate six more persons missing,” Carmen Copper Corp. said.

It did not name the fatalities and missing, but said it is coordinating with their immediate families, and assured support and assistance.

The Office of Civil Defense-Central Visayas, in an emailed report, said 11 persons were also injured in the landslide and brought to the Carmen Copper Corp.’s hospital for treatment.

Carmen Copper Corp. thanked the city government’s Emergency Response Team and private groups who extended assistance in search and rescue operations.

“Meanwhile, we have suspended all activities in the mining operations area to ensure the safety of our employees and contractors,” it added.

Earlier, the company said a landslide happened 4:15 p.m. Monday at the Carmen Pit.

It attributed the incident to incessant rains over the past several months and tropical depression “Vicky,” which hit parts of the Visayas, including Toledo, last Friday.

Credit belongs to : www.tribune.net.ph

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