Philippines landslide deaths estimated at 1,800

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February 18, 2006 04:52

 
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Rescue workers held little hope Saturday of finding more survivors from a devastating landslide in the Philippines, saying a farming village was swallowed whole by a wall of mud and boulders that killed up to 1,800 people. Lt. Col. Raul Farnacio, the highest-ranking military officer at the scene of Friday's disaster, estimated nearly every man, woman and child in Guinsaugon had died. Only 57 survivors have been found - none so far Saturday - out of a population of 1,857. At least 24 bodies have been pulled from the mud, and a child who originally survived died overnight from head injuries.

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