Five killed, nine trapped in landslide in eastern Philippines
Five workers were killed and nine others trapped in a landslide at a construction site in the eastern Philippines, police said Saturday, dpa reported.
The victims were building anti-erosion railings on the side of a highland road in Kananga town in Leyte province, 540 kilometres south-east of Manila, when the mountain collapsed on them, said police Senior Inspector Antonio Angcay.
Steam pipes also exploded when hit by the landslide, which occurred after days of heavy rains, he said.
The five bodies were recovered immediately after the accident Friday, but efforts to rescue the nine trapped workers were hampered by heavy rain, Angcay said.