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Landslide kills 25, buries more in Philippines

Philippine Army via EPA

Damaged houses after a landslide hit a community of small-scale miners at Napnapan village in Pantukan town in Compostella Valley, Southern Mindanao, Philippines, on Jan. 05, 2012.

Philippine Army via EPA

People search for relatives after the landslide.

Philippine Army via EPA

The landslide occurred at dawn in the village of Napnapan, where hundreds of small-scale miners were staying with their families.

The Associated Press reports from MANILA, Philippines

A landslide tore through a small-scale gold mining site in the southern Philippines on Thursday, killing at least 25 people and burying dozens more, months after government officials warned miners that the mountain above them was guaranteed to crumble.

The mountainside in Napnapan village in Pantukan township collapsed around 3 a.m., when most residents were asleep, sweeping away about 50 houses, shanties and other buildings, officials said.

Aside from those confirmed dead, more than 100 people were believed buried in the rubble, Compostela Valley provincial Gov. Arturo Uy said. Continue reading.