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10 bodies retrieved from landslide site in S. Philippines

04-22-2011 15:42 BJT

AVAO CITY, Philippines, April 22 (Xinhua) -- Ten bodies buried by early Friday's landslide have already been retrieved in a mining area in southern Philippines, a local police chief said.

At least 40 people were missing and believed dead in the landslide in Pantukan town, in Mindanao's Compostela Valley province around 2:30 a.m. Friday.

Six other people were rescued by soldiers, policemen and civilians, and they have been brought to the Davao Medical Center in Tagum City, said a provincial police chief named Aquino.

"It's been raining heavily since last night here, causing a high-risk landslide area," said Liza Mazo, director of the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) in Mindanao, in a phone interview.

Mazo said a team from the OCD was dispatched to the area to assist in the relief operations.

Three helicopters from the military's Eastern Mindanao Command were already dispatched to the site to help ferry possible survivors while sniffer dogs from the army were also sent in to help rescuers locate survivors, Ligayo said.

"Our rescue efforts are concentrated on a collapsed mine in the area where five miners were reportedly trapped as voices were reportedly heard from the shaft. It is possible that the victims are still alive," Ligayo said, adding they were bracing for the worst.

 

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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