Tuesday, July 5, 2011

6 killed, 20 missing in Mindanao landslide, Philippines - 5th July 2011

At least six people were killed and 20 others reported missing in a landslide caused by heavy torrential rain in the past few days in Bukidnon province in Mindanao, military and civilian officials reported on Monday.

Lieutenant Colonel Jose Maria Cuerpo, the regional military spokesman, said soldiers who rushed to scene for the search and rescue operations have recovered six bodies buried under tons of mud and rocks as of 4pm on Monday.

Cuerpo said the tragedy occurred in a “barangay” (village) located along the national road in Valencia City in Bukidnon.

Cuerpo said the teams are looking for at least 20 more reported missing, most of them residents fleeing from their homes following warnings of landslides due to the continuous torrential rain pelting the province for the past few days.

However, officials expressed fear the death toll could increase amid reports more people could have been buried due to the large area affected by the landslide.

In an interview with the Metro Manila-based ANC News, Bukidnon Governor Alex Calingasan reported that most of the victims resided in a hilly village located along the national road. Source