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Deadly landslide hits Filipino island

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Deadly landslide hits Filipino island


At least 25 people have been killed and dozens more injured by a landslide on a southern Philippine island. It is the second such incident in Pantukan town almost nine months.

Goverment officials said there had been cracks in the mountains caused by the earlier landslide and rain over the past week may have loosened soil.

Last month, Typhoon Washi and flash floods claimed more than 1,200 lives on Mindanao island.

Despite being warned of the danger, village leaders say many residents refuse to leave the area because of their lucrative jobs in the region’s mining industry. The Kingking area is said to be one of the world’s largest undeveloped copper-gold deposits.

The latest landslide hit before dawn, burying people under loosened soil and boulder. At least 16 people were pulled from under the rubble but around 100 people remain unaccounted for.

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