Carmen Copper mine landslide death toll now at 4

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ANOTHER worker at Carmen Copper Corporation (CCC) in Toledo City was retrieved from the mine site Tuesday, December 22, 2020, bringing the total number of fatalities from the landslide incident to four.

CCC, in a statement released to the media, said six mine workers remain missing as of 2:30 p.m. Tuesday while rescue operations are underway.

A landslide hit Carmen Pit, one of the three open pits of CCC, around 4:15 p.m. Monday, December 21, 2020.

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CCC has suspended all activities in the mining area to ensure the safety of its employees and contractors.

“As of this time, we are in close coordination and communication with the affected immediate families and will continue to extend the needed support and assistance. We humbly ask the general public to exercise caution and responsibility in distributing information out of respect to the affected families,” CCC said.

“We are also in close coordination and communication with concerned government agencies as we continue to conduct all necessary actions to assess and address the situation,” CCC added.

A video shared to SunStar by one of the mine workers showed that earth movement was already monitored and mine workers were advised to stay away from drop-cut of Carmen 1 of Carmen Pit.

The radio conversation between two people showed that the drop-cut of Carmen 1 was already closed after earth movements were monitored.

However, two minutes after the conversation, the landslide happened.

MGB Regional Director Armando Malicse, DENR-Central Visayas Regional Executive Director Pacquito Melicor Jr. and a team from the Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division will conduct an assessment in the area Tuesday.

The bureau said it will release updates of the incident after the said assessment.

Assistance

Meanwhile, Toledo City will be extending cash assistance to the families of the landslide victims.

John Layan, Toledo City Information Officer, said though the CCC will assist, the City will also give its own financial assistance to the families of the victims. He, however, did not disclose the amount of financial aid.

“As per information from our mayor, our assistance is now in place. We are just finalizing some documentary requirements,” Layan said.

He said the City Government has already provided logistical support to CCC for the search and rescue operation.

He added that Toledo City Mayor Joie Perales has requested assistance from the Philippine Coast Guard for divers and live boats that can help with the ongoing search and rescue operations.

“We just focus on the search and rescue. Later we will look into the accountabilities of what happened,” Layan added. ((MVG/With WBS/JOB)