Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Five children killed in flood chaos

Landslides and floods in the central Philippines have killed five children

Landslides and floods after days of heavy rain in the central Philippines have killed five children.

The death toll includes a one-year-old baby and his five-year-old sister who were buried under mud while they slept.

Civil defence officials said about 1,000 residents of St Bernard township on Leyte Island have sought shelter in evacuation centres after the landslide hit on Sunday.

The town was the scene of one of the Philippines' worst disasters in February 2006 when a mudslide buried an entire village and more than 1,000 people in Guinsaugon.

Angel Gaviola, the regional civil defence chief, said the body of a three-year-old boy missing in the landslide has been found, while two other children, aged 10 and 11, drowned in the flood elsewhere in Southern Leyte province.

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