Landslide in southern Philippines kills 16, buries 30 houses

May 19, 2009 05:04


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A mudslide triggered by heavy rains has buried 30 houses in the Philippines, killing at least 16 people and leaving 20 others missing, a southern Philippine governor said Tuesday. Governor Arthur Uy of Compostela Valley province said most of the victims of Monday's landslide were small-scale miners living on the foothills of a mountain where mudslides are common. Uy said that the area around Pantukan township had been saturated by rain and that residents ignored warnings to leave. He said at least 20 people were missing and an additional 14 injured, and that the bad weather was hampering the rescue operation.

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