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. Two dead, 14 missing in Philippines mine: officials

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Baguio, Philippines (AFP) Sept 26, 2008
Two bodies have been retrieved from a flooded mine shaft in the northern Philippines but there was no sign that 14 other trapped miners were still alive, rescuers said Friday.

The authorities raised to 16 the number of miners trapped 700 feet (213 metres) below the surface near Itogon town when the mine flooded at the height of Typhoon Hagupit on Monday.

Rescuers retrieved the bodies, presumed to be those of missing miners, on Thursday, said local Mines and Geosciences Bureau official Felizardo Gacad.

"The two floated in front of the approaching rescuers," said Paeng Valencia, a member of a volunteer rescue team at the site.

Their recovery raised the Philippine death toll from Hagupit to 10.

Gacad said heavy rain thwarted an attempt by a Red Cross team with specialised equipment to find the other missing miners on Thursday.

The rains were induced by Typhoon Jangmi that was bearing down on the far northern Philippines.

"There are three possible locations that we have identified, and that is our target but the rains endanger the efforts," Gacad said.

"It's too risky underground," he added.

At least six people were killed in China when Hagupit battered southern Guangdong province after skirting Hong Kong, state media reported Thursday.

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Hope fades for trapped miners, death toll rises in Philippines typhoon
Baguio, Philippines (AFP) Sept 24, 2008
The death toll from Typhoon Hagupit in the Philippines rose to eight with hopes fading for 13 gold miners still trapped in a flooded tunnel, officials said Wednesday.

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