3 miners killed in landslide, 1 fisherman dead due drowning in Surigao del Norte

by Ben Serrano

     February 3, 2011


            BUTUAN CITY (PNA) - At least three small-scale miners were killed due landslide in Malimono town and a fisherman was also killed due drowning from the island town of Socorro Tuesday morning and evening, respectively, bringing a total of four dead in recent calamity that hit Surigao del Norte, initial official report from Surigao del Norte Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council and Provincial Capitol Media Bureau said.


            Surigao del Norte Media Bureau In-Charge Jun Parada identified the landslide casualties as Raymund M. Bonotan, 25, Carlito B. Benocella, Jr., 26, and Romeo A. Boboy, all small scale miner residents of the coastal town of Malimono.


            The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga regional office also reported a fisherman from the island town of Socorro was killed due drowning at the Philippine Coast Guard docking area in Surigao City Port located at Bilang-Bilang, Surigao City.


            Parada said the small-scale miners were killed after cascading boulders of sands, soil and rocks buried them alive inside their mining tunnel at the height of continuous downpour of rains that hit the coastal but mineral rich town of Malimono.


            Malimono is more than 145 kilometers northwest of Butuan City, Caraga region’s capital. (PNA/Ben Serrano)

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