Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Deep Mud Slows Philippine Search Effort: An elementary school was swamped by a massive landslide that buried a town in Philippines and killed 1,800 people on Saturday Feb. 18, 2006.
Survivors and relatives of the missing had trouble even figuring out where houses once stood in the 100-acre stretch of mud.
"It's hard to find the houses now," said Eunerio Bagaipo, a 42-year-old farmer who lost two brothers, almost 20 nieces and nephews and a number of in-laws. "There is nothing now, just earth and mud."
Rescures tried to find surviors, but the search was complicated since the nearby mountain remained unstable, and that 750 troops, firefighters, and volunteers could get sucked down in the soft mud.


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