There is little hope that the six miners who went missing in a landslide last December 21 in Toledo City are no longer alive.
This developed as Armando Malicse, officer-in-charge of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Central Visayas office, said a check by experts on the Carmen Pit, where the landslide occurred, indicate the six missing miners may already be under water.
“We are praying for the best but (we have) doubts that there would still be survivors from the landslide,” Malicse said after inspecting the site with other regional officials from MGB.
“We will shift operations from search and rescue to search and retrieval,” he added.
The mining site is operated by Carmen Copper Corporation (CCC).
Four miners were already confirmed dead from the incident. The MGB Central Visayas office has stopped the operations of the mine by CCC.
Meanwhile, MGB Director Wilfredo Moncano said an official investigation on the incident is now ongoing.
“The mine pit operation is temporarily suspended to determine the cause of the landslide,” he said.
Moncano cited initial findings that indicate that Typhoon Vicky may have “exacerbated the already waterlogged limestone and mudstone layer from the prior typhoons that weakened its contact with the intrusive rock base.”
The MGB is an agency under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). SOVEREIGNPH