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Explosion in Philippines gold mine kills four

25 July 2014

An explosion in a gold mine shaft in southern Philippines killed four miners, according to Xinhua. The mine is located in Pamintaran in Mindanao's Compostela Valley province, which is around 1,000km south-east of Manila. Around 50,000 people who reside in the mineral-rich Compostela Valley are dependent on small-scale illegal mining. 

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With operations in most of these small-scale mines being unregulated, landslide and cave-in accidents related to industrial explosion happen regularly in these mines, according to the Chinese news agency.

A statement from Davao Regional Hospital  said that all the four male victims succumbed to gas poisoning following a dynamite explosion in an adjacent tunnel.

Philippines suffered another gas poisoning incident two weeks ago, inside a pocket mining tunnel in Sitio Tumtumba Macannawey in Barangay Cabiten, which left two miners dead and six others injured.

Local environmental group SSMNA has raised concerns about the unregulated small-scale gold mining industry in the area, which in the absence of government monitoring has been releasing toxic mercury into local watercourses.

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