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Last Updated: Friday, 28 October 2005, 07:05 GMT 08:05 UK
Deadly mine blast in Philippines
At least five people have been killed and a dozen are missing after an explosion in a gold mine in the southern Philippines, officials said.

One survivor told the chief of Mount Diwata village in Compostela Valley province, where the incident occurred, that a cache of dynamite had ignited.

Earlier reports said 18 miners had died in Wednesday's blast, but officials now say this figure was an exaggeration.

Many of the country's small mines are badly regulated, correspondents say.

The mine where the explosion occurred, on Mount Diwalwal, Monkayo town, is operated by JB Management and Mining Corp.

The mountain is said to sit on top of a rich gold deposit, and accidents are reported to be common there.

Many people have also been killed as a result of rivalry between different mines in the area since the 1980s, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer.




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