Tuesday, July 05, 2011

2 killed in new Philippine landslide

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / July 5, 201) – Two children were buried alive on Tuesday after a landslide struck a village in the southern Filipino city of Valencia, officials said.

The landslide occurred in the village of Malayan after heavy rains loosed mud and boulders. On Monday, six landslides have been reported in the villages of Tongan-Tongan and Lumbayao that left 5 people dead, said Administrator Benito Ramos, of the Office of Civil Defense.

Other reports said over a dozen people were believed trapped or buried under debris in Lumbayao village where most of the search and rescue operations were concentrated.

Local soldiers were also deployed in the area to help rescuers search for possible survivors and recover the dead. The landslides were largely blamed for the bad weather in the southern Philippines where a cyclone is developing.

Another low pressure area near Palawan province is also being watched by weather experts, saying, it could also develop into a storm. (Mindanao Examiner)

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