Monday 19 November 2018

Dozens feared trapped in Philippines landslide

Police Superintendent Pelita Tacio said that part of a mountain slope collapsed on the miners’ bunkhouses.

Relatives of miners in Itogon township are evacuated (Jayjay Landingin/AP)
Relatives of miners in Itogon township are evacuated (Jayjay Landingin/AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

At least 40 people, mostly gold miners, are feared to have been trapped in a landslide in The Philippines – and seven bodies have already been dug out by rescuers, police say.

Police Superintendent Pelita Tacio said that part of a mountain slope collapsed on the miners’ bunkhouses in a far-flung village of Itogon town in Benguet province as Typhoon Mangkhut’s ferocious winds and rain pounded the gold-mining region on Saturday.

Mr Tacio, who was at the scene of the landslide, says rescuers found another man, but could not immediately retrieve his body – which was pinned by rocks and mud.

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