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Mass burial for scores killed in Myanmar jade mine disaster

Jul 04, 2020 - 12:13 PM

The landslide in northern Myanmar kills over 170 people, most of them migrant workers. It is the worst accident in memory to befall Myanmar's notoriously dangerous jade mines.

MASS BURIAL. Volunteers bury bodies of miners in a mass grave while relatives look on during a funeral ceremony near Hpakant in Kachin state on July 3, 2020. Photo by Zaw Moe Htet/AFP

Dozens buried in Indonesia gold mine collapse

Feb 27, 2019 - 2:56 PM

(UPDATED) Four people have been found dead while 19 others are pulled from the rubble alive with minor and serious injuries, according to officials

DISASTER. This handout picture from Indonesia's Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), the accident mitigation agency, taken and released on February 27, 2019 shows rescuers carrying a survivor from an illegal gold mine collapse in the Bolaang Mongondow region of North Sulawesi.  Handout/Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana BNBP/AFP

Death toll in Brazil dam disaster rises to 134

Feb 05, 2019 - 7:17 AM

A fire services spokesman says it is possible that not all the bodies will be located and recovered

DAM COLLAPSE. A rescuer searches for victims of Friday's dam collapse near the town of Brumadinho, state of Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil, on January 28, 2019. Photo by Douglas Magno/AFP

Slow progress in Rapu-Rapu mine rehabilitation

May 08, 2018 - 4:08 PM

Rapu-Rapu Mayor Ronald Galicia says local officials are 'clueless' on the activities in the mining site where two major mine spills happened 13 years ago

Look Back: The 1996 Marcopper mining disaster

Mar 24, 2017 - 11:42 AM

UPDATED On March 24 1996 the Philippines saw one of the biggest mining disasters in Philippine history which led to a drastic change in the country s mining policy

DISASTER. Villagers look at mine waste that overflowed from the Boac River after a damaged tunnel of the Marcopper Mining Corp discharged tons of copper mine tailings polluting the Boac River. Photo by AFP

4 private miners killed in Benguet in past week

Nov 25, 2016 - 9:49 PM

One dies from being buried alive inside the mine while 3 die from gas poisoning in a separate incident

Duterte to mining industry: 'Filipinos will survive without you'

Aug 02, 2016 - 10:54 AM

You try to castigate Gina Lopez for being strict and yet you destroy the land destroy the soil President Duterte says as he shields the environment chief from critics in the mining industry

TO DUST. Trees in a critical watershed were cut to make way for a mining operation in Mindanao. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Philex eyes Padcal extension with add'l minerals found

Mar 20, 2015 - 8:26 PM

The Manuel V Pangilinan led firm says it found an additional 110 9 million tons of mineral resources – a find that could extend the mine’s life beyond 2020

Gov’t lifts suspension on Philex’s Padcal mine

Aug 28, 2014 - 3:00 PM

The mining company has ‘substantially addressed’ the adverse impacts of the disastrous spill of mining sediments in Benguet in August 2012 says the Mines and Geosciences Bureau

REHAB MEASURES. A Philex Mining staff checks the penstock at the tailing pond of the Padcal mine in Benguet. Photo from Philex

Turkey charges mining company CEO over disaster

May 21, 2014 - 12:02 AM

A total of 8 officials from mining operator Soma Komur are now facing charges

DEMONSTRATIONS. Turkish riot police use water cannon to disperse protestors as they clash at a demonstration for the victims of the Soma mine explosion, in Istanbul, May 14, 2014. File photo by Erdem Sahin/EPA

Three charged with manslaughter over Turkey mine disaster

May 19, 2014 - 7:25 AM

The mine operator Soma Komur and the labor ministry deny any negligence on their part

PROTEST. Turkish protestors at a demonstration for the victims of the Soma mine explosion, in Istanbul, Turkey, 18 May 2014. Sedat Suna/EPA

Turkish police detain 18 in mine disaster probe: TV

May 18, 2014 - 8:55 PM

Those arrested including executives from the mine operator are suspected of negligence in connection with the disaster

MOURNING. Relatives of the miners who were killed in a coal mine explosion mourn next to a grave at the cemetery in Soma, Manisa province, Turkey. Turkish police have detained 18 officials in relation to the country's deadliest industrial accident. Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Strike call in Turkey as mine blast toll rises to 282

May 15, 2014 - 2:57 PM

Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan looks to downplay the seriousness of the accident by citing mining disasters from the 19th century

DEMONSTRATION. Turkish riot police use water cannons to disperse protestors as they clash at a demonstration for the victims of the Soma mine explosion, in Istanbul, May 14, 2014. Erdem Sahin/EPA

100 dead, rescuers trapped in Darfur disaster

May 03, 2013 - 4:52 PM

UPDATED A gold mine collapsed in Sudan s Darfur region

AL-ABIDIYA, Sudan - (FILES) A picture taken on August 9, 2010 shows Sudanese men panning for gold at the village of al-Abidiya, in northern Sudan. Around 100 miners are estimated to have died inside a collapsed gold mine in Sudan's Darfur region and nine rescuers trying to free them are now trapped, a miner said on May 3, 2013. "Nine of the rescue team disappeared when the land collapsed around them yesterday (Thursday)," said the miner, who had visited the scene and asked to remain anonymous. AFP PHOTO/ASHRAF SHAZLY