Philippine gold mine brings misfortune

Diwalwal in country's south blighted by illegal mining, resulting in 21 Typhoon Bopha deaths going barely noticed.

    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.

    Al Jazeera's Jamela Alindogan reports from Compestela Valley.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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