One dies, one hurt in latest gold mining tunnel tragedy in Benguet

April 18, 2013 10:19 pm 

CAMP DANGWA, Benguet, April 18 — A small-scale gold mining tunnel in Itogon, Benguet collapsed around 1 p.m. Thursday, killing one miner and injuring another, the Police Regional Office Cordillera (PROCOR) confirmed.

Police Senior Superintendent Dave Limmong, public information officer of PROCOR, said the fatality was identified in the records as Orlando Dalasiman.

Limmong said, "The injured was a native of Bontoc, Mountain Province. Other miners at the site rushed the two to a hospital in Baguio but one of them was declared dead on arrival".

He said that Police Chief Superintendent Benjamin Magalong, PROCOR regional director has asked local officials in Itogon town as well as mining officials in the area to tighten mining security requirements to avoid further mining accidents.

The weather was fair and sunny in the area unlike previous tunnel mishaps which usually took place during rainy season.

The worst mining accident in recent years happened sometime in 2008 when a gold mining tunnel in the same gold-rich town was flooded during a typhoon and nine miners died due to drowning or suffocation.

Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan then ordered all mining operations in the province especially in small scale mining site suspended until the weather cleared.

Since year 2000, various gold tunnel mishaps in the area which included gas poisoning, cave-ins, premature explosion of dynamites and flooding have claimed at least 50 lives. (PNA)

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