Friday, April 22, 2011

Dozens missing after Philippine landslide

At least three people have been killed and 21 more are missing after a landslide struck homes and destroyed mining tunnels in the Philippines.

Mud and rocks buried miners' houses in the remote village in Compostela Valley province on the southern island of Mindanao.

The landslide also caused the collapse of access tunnels used by small-scale miners to extract gold.

Rescue teams, troops and helicopters have been sent to the village.

The landslide struck the village at about 0300 (1900 GMT Thursday). Local officials said three bodies had been found and 10 people pulled alive from the rubble.

"There are at least 21 still unaccounted for. We do not know if they are dead or alive. They might have been buried," local mayor Celso Sarenas told AFP news agency. (read more)