September 23, 2008

Typhoon Hagupit Traps 13 Miners in Philippine Gold Field

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency)

[Xinhua: "Typhoon Hagupit Traps 13 Miners in Philippine Gold Field"]

Manila, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) - A landslide caused by Typhoon Hagupit has trapped at least 13 miners in a gold field in southern Philippines for nearly 10 hours, local media reported Tuesday.

Quoting police source, the on-line news network INQUIRER.Net said the minors [as publiched], all employees of a certain mining firm, have been confined in a gold field in Itogon town of Benguet province since Tuesday dawn.

Heavy downpour brought by Typhoon Hagupit has triggered a landslide which blocked the field's entrance with mud and rocks.

Police have yet to figure out a way to get through the debris to rescue the minors.

Typhoon Hagupit, locally called Nina, has crossed the Bashi- Balintang Channel to enter the South China Sea by Tuesday after bringing rains and gusts of winds to northern Philippines on Monday, the weather forecast bureau said.

At least two people were killed, 17 were injured and three others were reported missing, the government said.

Originally published by Xinhua news agency, Beijing, in English 0809 23 Sep 08.

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