Landslide disaster in the Philippines 17.02.06. Almost 2000 people may have lost their lives in a major landslide which has engulfed an entire village in the central Philippines. VV ‘06. The fluid character of the slide means that it is correctly termed a mudslide.
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Landslide disaster in the Philippines 17.02.06
Almost 2000 people may have lost their lives in a major landslide which has engulfed an entire village in the central Philippines
The fluid character of the slide means that it is correctly termed a mudslide
The Philippines are a group of islands (archipelago) which lie between China and Indonesia in the western Pacific Ocean.
Manilla is the capital city of the Philippines
The disaster occurred on the island of Leyte
Most of the dead are in the farming community of Guinsaugon in the south of Leyte island
In places the mud which engulfed the village and its hundreds of homes is tens of metres deep.
Beneath the ‘toe’ of the slide lies a whole village – like the one in the foreground
The mud, carrying stones and boulders, completely wiped out the village. Buildings, including a school, were completely buried.
In places only the tops of coconut palms stick up through the metres of mud
The mudslide also swept flimsy buildings away
This woman is one of very few who have pulled alive from the mud
The army have been mobilised to help
…. but it is mainly bodies which they are pulling from the mud
Why did this ‘slide’ happen?
In common with many landslides it can be explained by both physical and human factors
“Aid workers in the Philippines failed to find any more survivors on Saturday at the site of a village obliterated by a massive mudslide. “
BBC News Saturday, 18 February 2006, 15:53 GMT