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article imageAt least 12 people killed in landslides in the Philippines

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By Anne Sewell     Aug 7, 2012 in Environment
Manila - Torrential rains triggered a landslide in the Philippine capital of Manila on Tuesday, killing eight people. One report states 51 dead. Four were buried by a mudslide in Zamboanga del Sur.
A landslide hit a row of shanties in a road in Manila's suburban Quezon City, killing eight people.
Emergency crews are attempting to rescue and evacuate tens of thousands of residents in the area, some of whom are stranded on the roofs of their homes.
Torrential rains and flooding, set off by the seasonal monsoon and Tropical Storm Haikui, have overflowed major rivers and damns in Manila and the surrounding provinces.
IBTimes is reporting 51 dead in the above video, but this cannot at present be confirmed elsewhere in the media.
Four people have also been reported dead in a landslide in Zamboanga del Sur. The victims were inside their house in the township of Midsalip, when a mudslide, caused by heavy rains, struck. Benito Ramos, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said that the victims were buried alive, along with their home.
Ramos said, “I am saddened because we’ve another four fatalities after their house was carried away by a mudslide. There were six in the family but four of them were killed. The bodies of the victims were recovered 15 kilometers away from where their house was used to be."
The heavy rains were brought about by a typhoon - named Saola or Gener, depending on the media. The typhoon has left 46 people dead, 35 injured and four missing in the Philippines.
According to Ramos, the weather disturbance has caused an estimated damage of P289.853 million on infrastructure and agriculture sectors.
While the typhoon has now left the area, 49,975 families or 279,968 individuals are still housed in evacuation centers.
“As of 1 p.m., [there is a reduced] threat of flash floods but possibility of landslides remain in the mountains slopes in the western section of Luzon, which experienced moderate to heavy rain due to the southwest monsoon for the past few days,” Ramos said.
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