Landslide in Philippines kills 2 young children

January 3, 2011 04:58

MANILA, Philippines — A landslide following days of heavy rain in the central Philippines has killed a 1-year-old baby and his 5-year-old sister while another child has been rescued.

Civil defense administrator Benito Ramos says about 1,000 residents of St. Bernard township on Leyte Island have sought shelter at a gymnasium and nearby schools after the landslide hit Sunday.He said Monday that one 7-year-old boy who survived was pulled out from the debris about five hours later by a team of local officials, police and soldiers. His condition is unknown.

The area is prone to landslides and was the scene of one of the Philippines' worst disasters in February 2006 when a mudslide buried an entire village with more than 1,000 people in Guinsaugon.

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