Mudslide Kills 5 In Southern Philippines

July 10, 2007 at 11:40 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

DAVAO CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 10 Jul) – Five people were buried alive after an avalanche of mud and boulders, triggered by heavy rains, buried houses in the southern Philippines, police said on Tuesday.

Police said rescuers have already recovered two corpses – one of them that of a pregnant woman – on the gold-rich Mount Diwalwal in Compostela Valley province.

“Rains have loosed the soil and triggering a mudslide burying several houses. Five people are confirmed dead,” the local police chief, Senior Inspector Antonio Rotol, told reporters.

The landslide occurred late Monday, he said, making the rescue difficult. Villagers were helping authorities dig the remaining bodies, believed that of small-scale miners.

Villagers have built a community on top of the 8,100 hectare mountain which is vulnerable to landslides because below the mountain are mining tunnels. Dozens of miners have been killed in the past because of landslides and collapsed tunnels. (Mindanao Examiner)

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