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Thousands feared dead in Phillippine mudslides


More than a thousand people are believed dead after mudslides in the central Phillippines. A series of landslides buried two villages this morning after torrential rain. Officials say the mud is still advancing in several areas. There are unconfirmed reports that at least 1,500 people could be missing around the town of Saint Bernard in Leyte province.


Some emergency services are at the site of the disaster but blocked roads and cut communications lines are said to be hindering other rescue efforts. The Philippine air force is putting together aircraft that should be loaded with expert miners as well as soldiers and other volunteers.


The same region was the scene of one of the country's worst disasters. In 1991, more than 5,000 people died in floods triggered by a typhoon. Earlier this week, 16 people were killed when heavy rains and flash floods hit south-eastern provinces. Environmental groups blame illegal logging for making the flooding worse.


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