Philippines Landslide Kills at Least 25; More than 100 Still Missing


0  Updated at 9:51 pm, January 4th, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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JJ Landingin/AFP/Getty Images(PANTUKAN, Philippines) — Search-and-rescue teams are still searching for more than 100 people after a  landslide struck the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines.  At least 25 people were killed in the disaster.

According to the Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, the landslide took place at around 3 a.m. local time on Thursday.

In a region known to locals for small-scale gold mining, the island has seen continual rain since mid-December. Gov. Arturo Uy of Compostela Valley said the area’s soil was heavily waterlogged.

Adding that the region is notorious for these types of disasters, Uy said the region had been evacuated in April 2011 after a landslide.

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