Saturday, April 23, 2011

27 killed in Philippines landslide

At least 27 people have died and dozens are missing due to a landslide happened today in a mining area in the southern Philippines, officials said. The incident occurred at dawn on the outskirts of the village of Pantukan, in the province of Compostela, about a thousand kilometers south of Manila, where they have moved military units to participate in the rescue of victims.

According to the provincial police chief, Aaron Aquino, rescue teams have located 27 bodies and six other people who were moved to a hospital with injuries prognosis. Celso Saren, mayor of the village, told local radio that the landslide buried several huts which housed the miners and their families, and also plug the entrances to the mine, operated illegally.

Colonel Camilo Ligaya, military command spokesman, said a barracks near the Air Force has sent heavy equipment to the area.

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