Dozens of people have been buried alive and at least 22 have died after a landslide engulfed two villages in the Philippines, triggered by extreme weather conditions in the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut.
At least 30 houses were crushed under earth and rubble when a hillside collapsed in Naga, Cebu province, on Thursday. About 50 people were reported to be still trapped.
A team of 100 rescuers worked overnight trying to find survivors and bodies, but the ground was still precarious and the rescue work was “very dangerous”, according to the police chief. “We’re running out of time. The ground in the area is still vibrating. We’re striking a balance between intensifying our rescue efforts and ensuring the safety of our rescuers,” Naga City councilor Carmelino Cruz said.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the government would “do everything to alleviate the grief of the victims. We will see how we can prevent such occurrences in the future.”
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