Rescuers were digging through a landslide that buried at least 10 homes and killed three people in the central Philippines on Thursday, as monsoon rains unleashed more misery on the already-battered country.
The new tragedy comes just days after this year’s most powerful storm, Typhoon Ompong (international name: Mangkhut), raked the nation’s north, sparking a separate landslide that left dozens dead.
Emergency workers in yellow helmets rushed to the scene of the new disaster in the town of Tina-an in Cebu.
Days of heavy monsoon rains caused a steep slope to collapse and now searchers are frantically looking for survivors.
Rescuers dug through debris and thick mud at the site of the slide. Injured survivors were wheeled into the back of ambulances and the dead were laid on pews at a local church.
“We have recovered three bodies. The others sustained minor injuries and we have taken them to hospital,” civil defense spokesman Julius Regner told reporters.
“The rescue effort continues. There (were) about 10-15 houses or households in the area.”
Civil defense officials in the region said landslides are fairly rare on Cebu, an elongated island with low hills.
As Thursday’s rescue unfolded, efforts continued in the hunt for bodies in the mining area of Itogon in Benguet, the area worst hit by the typhoon.
Itogon is one of the country’s oldest mining hubs, with known gold panning activity stretching back to before the 17th-century Spanish colonial conquest. AFP