Landslide In Southern Philippines Kills 16

Tuesday, May 19th 2009, 6:39 am
By: News On 6

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - A southern Philippine governor says a mudslide triggered by heavy rains has buried 30 houses, killing at least 16 people and leaving 20 others missing.

Governor Arthur Uy of Compostela Valley province says most of the victims of Monday's landslide were small-scale miners living on the foothills of a mountain where mudslides are common.

Uy said Tuesday that the area around Pantukan township had been saturated by rain and that residents ignored warnings to leave.

He says at least 20 people are missing and an additional 14 have been injured, and that the bad weather is hampering the rescue operation.

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