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Landslide in southern Philippines kills 16

world Updated: May 19, 2009 09:19 IST

A mudslide tumbled down a rain-soaked mountain in the southern Philippines, burying dozens of houses in a gold mining village and killing at least 16 people, a provincial governor said on Tuesday.

Rescuers were searching for 20 others after the landslide hit Pantukan township in Compostela Valley province on Monday, said Gov. Arthur Uy. Some 19 people, most of them miners, were treated for injuries.

The landslide-prone area was saturated after days of rain and residents had ignored warnings to leave, Uy said. "We have been asking them to leave, and we are planning to cordon the area. It is a high-risk area," Uy said. "We fear it may rain again and another landslide may occur."

The area around Mount Diwata _ located in a mountain range with the same name about 580 miles (930 kilometers) southeast of Manila _ has about 40,000 residents, mostly miners and their families. Forecasters said a low pressure area over the southern Mindanao region and the central Philippines brought widespread rains and may trigger more flash floods and landslides.

Two back-to-back storms left more than 70 people dead and thousands displaced earlier this month.