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Landslide kills 25 in Philippines

At least 25 people have been killed in a landslide that buried dozens of people at a gold mining site in the southern Philippines.

The landslide struck at about 3am local time, when most residents were asleep, in Napnapan village in Pantukan township, and 100 people are believed to have been buried.

Army Lt Col Camilo Ligayo said about 120 soldiers are heading to the area to help dig for survivors, and bodies.

Saul Pingoy, a local resident, told DZMM radio that he was sleeping in a house about 50 yard away from the landslide when he felt the ground shake and heard rocks falling on roofs. It was not raining at the time, he added.

"The mountain itself was already sending a warning with falling rocks. That's why we were woken up... and then it collapsed," he said. "Big boulders and the ground from the mountain covered the area."

The area is on the main southern Philippine island of Mindanao, where flash floods triggered by a tropical storm killed more than 1,250 people in December.

Thousands of poor Filipinos dig and pan for gold in the area, hoping to strike it rich despite the dangers of largely unregulated mining. The tunnels are often unstable and landslides and accidents are common.

Hundreds of residents near the site of the slide were forced to evacuate last April after a landslide killed about 20 people.


From Belfast Telegraph