Open-pit coal mine collapse in Antique, Philippines kills three workers

16 July 2015 (Last Updated July 16th, 2015 18:30)

A collapsed open-pit coal mine in Semirara Island in Antique in central Philippines has killed at least three people, with six others currently missing.

A collapsed open-pit coal mine in Semirara Island in Antique in central Philippines has killed at least three people, with six others currently missing.

According to the Philippines Department of Energy, following the collapse of the mine owned by Semirara Mining, search-and-rescue operations are going on to find the missing people.

Antique Governor Rhodora Cadiao said that the accident took place at a time when the workers were working on a water system.

"Nine workers were at the site and buried alive by the landslide."

It was reportedly raining heavily for days on the mine site.

Semirara Mining & Power CEO Isidro Consunji told GMA News that nine workers were at the site and buried alive by the landslide.

Consunji said: "That's as far as I know. Some of our mining equipment has also been damaged. We don't have the complete details yet."

The company has been ordered to stop operations at the mine until the missing workers are found.

Cadiao said in an telephone interview with ABS-CBN News: "We are going to go on a full investigation if there was neglect on the part, why there was no caution done after all they know this has happened before and why has it happened again."