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Local officials held accountable for S Philippine deadly landslide

01-05-2012 15:31 BJT

MANILA, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- The death of at least 25 people in a landslide on Thursday is "totally unacceptable" because the local government failed to evacuate them from an area previously deemed as hazardous, Philippine presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.

"There will be an investigation and some accountability," he told a news briefing.

He said that "evacuation is the responsibility of local government officials," which should have been carried out after they were presented with a geohazard map pinpointing specific danger areas.

Lacierda said Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo will go to Compostela Valley province in southern Philippines' Mindanao to confer with local officials on the situation there.

Around 100 people remained missing after the landslide hit a gold mine in Kingking village in Pantukan town in Compostela Valley province before dawn Thursday.


Editor:Bai Yang |Source: Xinhua

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