Thursday, August 18, 2011

3 dead in Philippine landslide

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Aug. 18, 2011) – Three people were killed and four other injured after a landslide struck a mining site in the southern Philippine province of Compostela Valley, officials said Thursday.

Officials said the landslide occurred late Tuesday in the mountain village of Andap in New Bataan town, but was only reported on Thursday.

“The incident was reported late due to the remoteness and distance and lack of communications in the area,” Captain Rosa Maria Manuel, of the Army’s 10th Infantry Division, told the Mindanao Examiner.

She said continuous rains loosened mud and boulders and triggered the landslide.

Those killed were identified as Jimmy Aripaypay, Daniel Villafuerte and Roberto Belayo Jr. And the injured were Alvin Disucatan, Rommel Aribato, Michael Langomes, and Larry Abinsay.

In April, dozens of people were also buried alive after a landslide hit a mining area in Pantukan town also in Compostela Valley despite repeated government warnings to stay away from mountain slopes due to possible landslides. (Mindanao Examiner)

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