Palace frustrated by presistence of small-scale mining

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Manila, Philippines. January 20, 2014. By Dexter San Pedro. 

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Monday expressed frustration over the deaths caused by landslides in areas of the Caraga region where small-scale miners operate.small scale mining

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said tropical depression “Agaton,” the first storm to visit the country this year, has so far claimed 40 lives.

The lingering storm, which started out as a low-pressure area, triggered 16 landslides, six flashfloods and two maritime incidents around Mindanao, the NDRRMC said.

“Some of the deaths were caused by landslides because of small-scale mining operations. We’re trying to fix that situation,” Malacañang spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a briefing aired over state-run Radyo ng Bayan on Monday.

“It’s very, very frustrating that deaths are continuously caused by these small-scale miners so that’s one thing we’d like to make sure we address,” he said.

However, Lacierda said the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has not been remiss in its duties.

Agaton has so far destroyed 711 houses and damaged 1,076 others, and left 24 bridges and 59 roads impassable.

The storm has affected 153,193 families and damaged some P328.8 million in infrstructure and agriculture

Source : InterAksyon.com

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