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Friday, February 15, 2013

Philippine illegal gold mine brings misfortune

It is a mountain that is supposed to make dreams come true - Diwalwal in southern Philippines.

The site is said to hold the country's biggest gold deposit, but for some miners it has brought misfortune instead.

Twenty-one people were washed away in a landslide in Diwalwal caused by Typhoon Bopha, but their deaths were barely noticed because the mine site is a lawless, illegal operation controlled by private armed groups.

The roads were blocked shortly after the landslide, which made it very difficult for aid and rescue teams to arrive.

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