22 Apr '11, 3am

One dead, dozens missing in Philippine landslide

One dead, dozens missing in Philippine landslide

DAVAO, Philippines: One person was killed and dozens missing after a night-time landslide hit a remote gold mining town in a mountainous area of the Philippines on Friday, authorities said. The landslide ripped through shanty homes where miners and their families live, as well as destroying poorly constructed tunnels where the unregistered workers excavate for gold using hand tools, they said. At least one person was confirmed killed and five others were injured in the landslide at about 3:00 am (1900 GMT Thursday), the director of the government's disaster monitoring agency, Benito Ramos, told AFP in Manila. He said he did not know how many were missing. But a spokesman for the military team that rushed to the site, Lieutenant-Colonel Camilo Ligayo, said residents had told him that at least 40 people were missing and feared buried in the tunnels and their homes. "There ar...

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