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Eight killed in landslide in northern Philippines
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18:58, September 30, 2007

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Eight people were buried alive in stones and mud Saturday night when their houses were washed away in a landslide in a village in Ifugao, northern Philippines, said local radio DZMM.

Earlier reports by local civil defense officials put the number of dead at five, while one boy was injured and four were reported missing.

The victims were members of two families living at a mountainside village. A 9-year old boy was the lone survivor of the two families.

Floods, caused by tropical depression "Hanna" (internationally named "Lekima") also affected 350 families in the neighboring Kalinga province, also in northern Philippines.

"Hanna" made a landfall in northern Philippines on Saturday and was still bringing rains in northern and central Luzon Sunday while moving from Philippine territory towards Vietnam, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

"Hanna" is moving west at 19 kph and is expected to be 670 km west of Iba, Zambales in northwest Philippines by Monday evening.

PAGASA reiterated its advice to residents in low-lying areas and near mountain slopes to take all the necessary measures against possible flashfloods and landslides.

Source: Xinhua



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