3 dead, 10 homes buried in Philippine monsoon landslide

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NAGA, Philippines, Sept 20, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – At least three people were
killed and 10 homes buried early Thursday in the central Philippines when
heavy monsoon rains unleashed a landslide in a rural farming community,
authorities said.

The new tragedy comes as the Philippines is recovering from 2018’s most
powerful storm, Typhoon Mangkhut, which caused a separate landslide in the
nation’s north where dozens are buried and believed dead.

The new slide happened around 6:00 am (2200 Wednesday GMT) in the rural
town of Tina-an, which is on the popular tourist island of Cebu.

Days of heavy monsoon rains caused a steep slope to collapse and now
searchers are frantically looking for survivors.

“We have recovered three bodies. The others sustained minor injuries and
we have taken them to hospital,” civil defence spokesman Julius Regner told
reporters. “The rescue effort continues. There (were) about 10-15 houses or
households in the area.”

At the same time, hundreds of rescuers continued a grim effort searching
for bodies in the mining area of Itogon in the mountainous north of the
Philippines, which was the area worst hit by the typhoon.

Mangkhut swamped farm fields in the nation’s agricultural north and
smashed houses when it tore through at the weekend with violent winds and
heavy rains.

The Philippines’s deadliest storm on record is Super Typhoon Haiyan, which
left more than 7,350 people dead or missing across the central Philippines in
November 2013

A landslide there on Saturday smashed into dwellings used by small-scale
miners, burying dozens of people. Most of the 81 people killed in the storm
died in that slide and others in the same area.

The area was primed for disaster before Mangkhut hit, as it came on the
heels of nearly a month of continuous monsoon rains that saturated the soil
of the already hazardous area.