Guatemala: At least 26 people killed, 600 feared missing & 100+ homes buried in landslide – Published 03 Oct 2015 1030z (GMT/UTC)


Guatemala mudslide leaves hundreds missing

General view of the village of El Cambray II, in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, some 15 km east of Guatemala City, after a landslide on October 2, 2015.

Image caption Local authorities said the hillsides had been weakening for some time. AFP

Rescue workers in Guatemala are digging through rubble from a mudslide that hit a village not far from the capital, in search of hundreds missing.

At least 26 bodies have so far been recovered from the village of El Cambray Dos, rescue services say.

Heavy rains swept a torrent of boulders and mud onto houses on Thursday, 15km (nine miles) east of Guatemala City.

Relatives have been receiving calls and texts from people trapped under the rubble, reporters at the scene say.

Survivors have been taken to makeshift shelters. Rescuers temporarily called off the search late on Friday because of heavy rains, AP news agency reports.

Julio Sanchez, a spokesman for Guatemala’s volunteer firefighters, said 26 people had died, including a number of children, and another 36 people were taken to hospitals.

One man was pulled alive from the rubble after more than 15 hours after the mudslide hit.

But Alejandro Maldonado, the head of the Guatemalan disaster agency, has warned that as many as 600 people could still be missing.

He said that number of people was believed to be asleep in their homes when the mudslide occurred, he added.

El Cambray is surrounded by steep hills that tower over the houses which are mostly set in the valley bottom.

Mr Maldonado said in a radio interview that the forested hills had been weakening for some time and had collapsed largely because of recent heavy rain.


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Indonesia: 18 Bodies found, 9 ID’ed, 100 missing in Java after major landslide – Published 131214 1152z (GMT/UTC)

12 dead, nearly 100 missing in Indonesian landslide – Official

A rescue team searches for survivors and remove bodies after a landslide at Jemblung village. – AFP Photo/DidaNuswantara

JAKARTA: A landslide triggered by torrential downpours has killed at least 12 people and left nearly 100 others missing on Indonesia’s main island of Java, an official said Saturday.Hundreds of rescuers were digging through mud and rubble after the landslide buried scores of houses in Jemblung village in central Java late Friday, the national disaster agency said.

The landslide swept down a hillside in the village, sparing only two houses, an AFP correspondent said.

TV footage showed bystanders watching the emergency effort while rescuers passed an orange body bag by hand through the muddy area.

“We found 12 bodies at the moment, and we are searching for 96 others,” an officer at the emergency centre at the scene of the disaster told AFP, asking not to be identified.

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said it was unclear whether those missing were buried under the landslide or had taken refuge.

“Conditions on the ground are pretty tough and we need heavy machines to clear the road that has been covered by the landslide,” Nugroho added.

Officials said that the ground was still unstable and most rescue work was being carried out manually. Heavy machines were trying to clear mud that had cut access to the location.

There was no phone signal in the area, making coordinating rescuing efforts difficult, they added.

The agency said that 200 rescuers and 500 volunteers had joined the search for the missing.

Landslides triggered by heavy rains and floods are common in tropical Indonesia during the rainy season.

The national disaster agency estimates around half the country’s 250 million population lives in areas prone to landslides.

The vast Indonesian archipelago is one of the most natural-disaster-prone nations on Earth, and is also frequently hit by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.


Indonesia landslide: Many missing in Java

Villagers use shovels to remove mud from the main road at Pasuruhan village in Wonosobo December 12, 2014, in this photo taken by Antara Foto

Landslides and flash floods are common in Indonesia

At least eight people have died and more than 100 are missing after a landslide on Indonesia’s main island of Java.

Heavy rain caused the landslide near Jemblung village in central Java.

Disaster agency officials said rescue teams had taken almost 40 people to hospital, of whom four were in critical condition.

Hundreds of rescuers, including police and soldiers, have been trying to find survivors.

The country’s national disaster agency said hundreds of houses had been destroyed by the landslide.

“Conditions on the ground are pretty tough and we need heavy machines to clear the road that has been covered by the landslide,” agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

Flash floods and landslides are common in Indonesia, triggered by seasonal downpours.

Many of the inhabitants of the chain of 17,000 islands live in mountainous areas or near fertile flood plains.

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“The death toll of the Banjarnegara landslides rose to 8 on Saturday with 100 people still missing, the authorities said.

Heavy rain triggered the landslides on Friday evening in the village of Sampang, sub-district of Karangkobar, regency of Banjarnegara, Central Java province.

“The death toll is rising. Now eight bodies have been found dead and 100 people are still missing,”  National Agency for Disaster Control (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said as quoted by Antara news wire.

Sutopo said a joint team of the BNPB, military and police, the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) and volunteers is still looking for the missing people.

“The terrain is difficult. Heavy equipment is needed to remove the earth and rocks covering the road,” he said.” –


Saturday, December 13th, 2014 | 17:11 pm (local time)

“BANJARNEGARA, – Rescue team members discovered 18 bodies of victims of landslides that occurred in the hamlet Jemblung RT 05 RW 01, Desa Sampang, District Karangkobar, Banjarnegara, Central Java. Of the 18 bodies that, just nine bodies were identified.

Here are the nine people killed names Tribunnews collected from the scene, Saturday (12/13/2014).
1. Joko Adi P (18), Hamlet Endong, RT 03, RW 02, Gumelar Village, District Karangkobar.
2. Sukirno (20), Hamlet Endong, RT 03, RW 02, Gumelar Village, District Karangkobar
3. Misman (25), Hamlet Endong, RT 03, RW, 02, Gumelar Village, District Karangkobar
4. Bahrun (70), the village of Sampang, RT 05, RW 01, District Karangkobar
5. Speech, Grogol village, RT 05, RW 01, District Pejawaran
6. Hadi (60), the village of Sampang, RT 05, RW 01, District Karangkobar
7. Hendi (9) Hamlet Genting RT 04 RW 03 Grogol Village District of Pajawaran
8. Klimah (33), the village of Sampang, RT 05, RW 01, District Karangkobar
9. Sunarti (60), the village of Sampang, RT 05, RW 01, District Karangkobar

The nine bodies have been identified in part Banjarnegara taken to hospitals, some of them are taken home relatives. Meanwhile, nine other bodies are still in the process of identification in Post SAR team.

Based on information from the Village Head Sampang, the number of people buried by landslides about 100 people.”

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Taiwan: Huge Earthquake triggers landslide 1000+ tourists trapped on mountain platform. At least 2 dead, 21 injured – 020613 1650z

Large 6.2 m earthquake in Taiwan has caused several injuries and produced a large landslide

(Photo: Landslides in Taiwan after huge earthquake

2 people have been killed and at least 21 injured (3 seriously)

More than 1000 tourists are trapped on a mountain platform, because the cable railway was destroyed by a landslide

Strong Earthquake Jolts Central Taiwan

SKY NEWS 9:10am UK (BST) (0810z GMT/UTC), Sunday 02 June 2013

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck the island of Taiwan, killing two people and shaking buildings in the capital Taipei, news reports said.

The quake in central Taiwan injured more than 20 people, caused some damage and sent residents running into the streets.

In Mountain Ali in the southern part of the island, a man was killed by a rockslide while driving a car on a mountain road, the Taiwan Fire Agency said in a statement.

TV footage showed landslides, stirring clouds of yellow dust, on other mountains in the area.

Another man was killed by a falling rock when he was working at a farm in Chushan, near the epicentre.

The tremor struck about 35 kilometres (22 miles) east of Nantou County at a depth of 10 kilometres (6 miles).

The US Geological Survey had originally put the magnitude at 6.6 but later downgraded it.


Workers removed fallen rocks and repaired a damaged mountain road in Nantou, allowing more than 100 stranded tourists to pass.

Taiwan television said the quake had triggered a gas explosion in the centre of the island but it gave no details.

Shoppers screamed and ran out of a 12-storey department store that shook violently for nearly a minute, TV stations reported from the central city of Taichung, near the epicentre.

Six high-speed trains halted but services resumed after no damage was found to the line.

The quake also rattled the islands capital of Taipei, about 150 miles (250 kilometres) north of the epicentre.

The house was shaking but nothing fell, said one resident of the city.

Taiwan sits near the so-called ring of fire region of seismic activity around the Pacific Ocean, and is frequently rattled by quakes.

A magnitude-7.6 earthquake in central Taiwan in 1999 killed more than 2,300 people.

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2 Dead, 21 Injured in Taiwan Quake

2013-06-02 21:27:42 XinhuaWeb Editor: Xing Yihang

Lu Pei-ling, deputy director of the Taiwan Seismological Center, briefs the press about the Nantou quake, in Taipei, southeast China’s Taiwan, June 2, 2013. [Photo: Xinhua/Wu Ching-teng]

“Two people died and 21 others were injured, including 3 severely, in an earthquake that shook Taiwan’s Nantou County on Sunday afternoon, according to the island’s disaster response authorities.

The two deaths were reported in Nantou and the neighboring Chiayi County, the authorities said.

One person is still missing, the authorities said.

Zhang Zhijun, head of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, on Sunday expressed his sympathy in Kunming to the Taiwan compatriots over the earthquake.

Zhang is in Kunming, capital city of southwest China’s Yunnan Province, to attend a meeting between Yunnan and Taiwan. He also met there with the Kuomintang (KMT) vice chairman John Chiang.

Also on Sunday, the office’s spokeswoman Fan Liqing conveyed condolences to the families of the Taiwanese victims.

She said the mainland’s compatriots are deeply concerned about the earthquake and can feel what the Taiwan compatriots feel.

“We are willing to spare no efforts to offer assistance so long as the Taiwan side has need,” said Fan.

The epicenter of the 6.7-magnitude earthquake was monitored at about 23.9 degrees north latitude and 120.9 degrees east longitude with a depth of 9 km, according to the mainland’s China Earthquake Networks Center.

Taiwan’s earthquake authorities measured it at 6.3 magnitude.

As of 6:16 p.m., four smaller-scale aftershocks had been monitored in Nantou, the island’s meteorological authorities said.

So far, there have been no reports of deaths or injuries among visitors from the mainland, said Man Hongwei, head of the Taipei office of the Association for Tourism Exchange Across the Taiwan Straits.

Cable-car services in Nantou’s Riyuetan (Sun Moon Lake) scenic spot have been halted. But high-speed trains in Taiwan have all restored operations and electricity has been resumed in affected areas, local authorities said.

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Nantou on March 27 this year.

The recent two quakes correlate “a little bit” with a massive earthquake that shook the island nearly 14 years ago, said Lu Pei-ling, an official with the sub-center of Taiwan’s earthquake forecasting center.

The 7.3-magnitude quake on Sept. 21, 1999 was the strongest to hit Taiwan in 100 years and left more than 2,000 people dead.

Lu said there is still a possibility that more quakes will occur in this area in the future.”


Strong and deadly earthquake hits Taiwan

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Published on 2 Jun 2013

The tremor that hit Taiwan on Sunday afternoon was felt all over the island, but most severely in the central and southern regions. The quakes epicentre was near Jenai township in Nantou County in central Taiwan, about 250 km south of Taipei, the Central Weather Bureau said. aiwans Nantou County, occurrence of 6.7 earthquake wholly-Taiwan most of the feel the shaking

Nantou 6.3 earthquake this years most earthquake depth 10 km

Magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the island of Taiwan 2013 02/06/2013

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Published on 2 Jun 2013

The quake struck 24 miles southeast of the city of Tai-chung at a depth of nine miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The agency initially said it was 6.6 magnitude but later downgraded it slightly.

Taiwan television said the quake triggered a gas explosion in the centre of the island but it gave no details. There were no reports of any casualties.

The quake also rattled the islands capital of Taipei.

The house was shaking but nothing fell, said one resident of the city.

An earthquake of such a magnitude can cause severe damage.

The island sits near the so-called ring of fire region of seismic activity around the Pacific Ocean.

(Reporting by Clare Jim; Writing by Robert Birsel)

Deadly earthquake hits Taiwan

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Published on 2 Jun 2013 A 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocked Taiwan on Sunday June 2, killing at least one person and injuring at more than 18 others.

The epicentre was the town of Jenai in central Taiwan, 250 kilometres south of the capital Taipei.

It occurred close to the site of a 7.6 magnitude earthquake that killed over 2,300 people in 1999.More from

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Mexico: Landslide buries several vehicles on Mexico-Queretaro highway. At least 7 dead, 4 injured.

At least seven people were killed on the Mexico-Queretaro highway in central Mexico, after a landslide buried several vehicles, the Federal Police confirmed Monday.

The landslide occurred in Tepeji del Rio municipality in the central state of Hidalgo, due to strong rain and hail on Sunday night. Tons of soil and mud trapped at least five vehicles which were passing the highway at the moment of the landslide.

Those killed were three men and two women who were in a taxi, as well as one woman and one man in a red van.

Four other passengers of the red van were injured and taken to San Jose hospital in Naucalpan, state of Mexico.

People from Tepeji del Rio are trying to clean their homes, as the storm had damaged 150 houses.

Mexico’s Federal Highway Police, the Ministry of Communications and Transporting, the Army and rescue teams from the state of Mexico and from Mexico City, were helping in the cleaning work and removing disaster rubble.
Tuesday, 28 May, 2013 at 03:16 (03:16 AM) UTC RSOE

Deslave en la MexicoQueretaro deja 7 muertos

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Published on 27 May 2013

Deslave en la MĂxico — QuerĂtaro deja 7 muertos
27 Mayo 2013

Las malas condiciones climáticas cobran vidas en la Carretera MĂxico — QuerĂtaro, esto a causa de un deslave de un cerro en el kilometro 70. El deslave deja al menos 7 muertos.

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China: The price of gold – Hope fades for 83 miners buried in Tibet gold mine after massive landslide – 230413 1250z

Chinese authorities today said that no signs of life have been detected nearly 30 hours after a massive landslide buried 83 mine workers in Tibet despite a major search and rescue operation.

“Rescuers have not yet found survivors or bodies… The miners’ survival chances were slim due to the scale of the landslide”

officials of the regional government were quoted as saying by the state-run Xinhua news agency.
Rescue work is continuing, they said, adding that as the site is at an altitude of more than 4,600 metres, most rescuers have been suffering from slight altitude sickness. And temperatures as low as minus three degrees Celsius have affected the sniffer dogs’ senses of smell.
The landslide happened late yesterday (21 April) in Maizhokunggar County of Lhasa, the regional capital.
The victims were workers from Tibet Huatailong Mining Development Co Ltd, a subsidiary of the China National Gold Group Corporation.
The affected area is three km wide, covered with about 2 million cubic meters of mud, rock and debris, the report said.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang have ordered all out efforts to rescue the workers buried in the landslide.
Monday, 22 April, 2013 at 12:07 (12:07 PM) UTC RSOE


Tibet: major landslide rescue effort for buried miners

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More Than 80 Trapped in Tibet Gold Mine Landslide 2013-03-29

Mining in Tibet: The price of gold

Standoff at Tibet Gold Mine


“At least 16 people have been killed in landslides in a mountainous area north of Rio de Janeiro, after heavy rains.

The landslides hit the city of Petropolis, about 40 miles (65km) north of Rio, after a river burst its banks and flooded the city centre.

A baby and two emergency workers are among the victims, authorities say.

The city (Petropolis) remains on high alert and further heavy rain is forecast.

Schools are closed and residents have been told to stay in their homes.” – BBC News

BBC News: Rains cause deadly landslides in Petropolis, Brazil


Deslizamientos de tierra matan a por lo menos 16 en el Petropolis – pronstico de lluvia ms pesada

19 de marzo 2013 “RIO DE JANEIRO ” Los deslizamientos de tierra provocados por las fuertes lluvias han causado la muerte a 16 personas en las ltimas 24 horas en la ciudad turstica brasilea de Petrpolis, dijo un funcionario el lunes. We estn en un estado de alerta mxima, ?? El gobernador del estado de Ro, Sergio Cabral, dijo en una conferencia de prensa en Petrpolis, una antigua capital imperial encuentra a 68 kilmetros (42 millas) al norte de Ro de Janeiro, ya que actualiza el nmero de muertos en 10.

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“Al menos 16 personas han muerto en deslizamientos de tierra en una zona montaosa al norte de Ro de Janeiro, despus de las fuertes lluvias.
Los deslizamientos de tierra que sacudi la ciudad de Petrpolis, a 40 millas (65km) al norte de Ro, despus de que un ro se desbord e inund el centro de la ciudad. Un beb y dos trabajadores de emergencia se encuentran entre las vctimas, dijeron las autoridades.
La ciudad (Petrpolis) se mantiene en estado de alerta y la lluvia pesada adicional se prev.
Las escuelas estn cerradas y los residentes se les ha dicho que permanezcan en sus casas “- BBC Mundo BBC. Las lluvias causan derrumbes mortales en Petrpolis, Brasil

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March 19, 2013RIO DE JANEIROLandslides triggered by heavy rains have killed 16 people over the past 24 hours in the Brazilian tourist town of Petropolis, an official said Monday. “We are in a state of maximum alert,” Rio state governor Sergio Cabral told a news conference in Petropolis, a former imperial capital located 68 kilometers (42 miles) north of Rio de Janeiro, as he updated the death toll from 10. He urged residents to leave high risk areas and to seek refuge in shelters provided by city authorities amid worsening downpours. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, in Rome to attend Tuesday’s installment of Pope Francis, called Cabral to offer federal help to deal with the impact of the flooding, her office said. Among the victims are two civil defense officials who took part in rescue efforts, Sergio Simoes, the Rio state civil defense secretary, told Globo television…

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Death toll rises to 14 in landslide in the Philippines

The Extinction Protocol

March 9, 2013PHILIPPINESThe death toll in the landslide that marred operations in a geothermal power plant in Leyte last week, rose to 14, following the recovery of five bodies Wednesday, and another one early Thursday morning. Alberto Ignacio Jr., geothermal projects division vice president of construction firm First Balfour, said the four bodies were retrieved Wednesday morning buried in the ground along the road where they were building a pipe shelter at the time of the landslide. Ignacio identified the first four bodies recovered on Wednesday as those of Salvador Lascañas Jr., Alfredo Arabis, Romeo Yazar and Danilo Mabuti. The fifth body later recovered in the day and a sixth early morning Thursday were identified as Salvador Yabana and Jorden Salcedo. “We are extending full assistance to the family for funeral/burial expenses. We have also assigned staff to be with the families as we did for…

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Landslide at EDC Leyte Geothermal Power Plant, E Philippines, 5 killed, 9 trapped, missing – 030313 1040z

Five workers were killed and nine others trapped in a landslide at a construction site in the eastern Philippines, police said yesterday.

(Photo: Leyte Geothermal Power Plant

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 a mountain of soil 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.

(Photo: Leyte Geothermal Power Plant

The five bodies were recovered immediately after the accident on Friday, but efforts to rescue the nine trapped workers were hampered by heavy rain, Angcay said.

Sunday, 03 March, 2013 at 04:59 (04:59 AM) UTC RSOE

9 Still Missing in Eastern Philippines Landslide

Nine people are still missing on Saturday after the landslide at the Lopez-led Energy Development Corp.s (EDC) geothermal power facility in Leyte.

At least five persons have been confirmed killed in the incident.

Search-and-rescue operations were late Friday because of heavy rains.

Police said the workers were installing perimeter safety erosion railings on a mountainside when the ground collapsed.

They plunged some 30 meters down.

The landslide came after two weeks of intermittent rains.

An investigation will push through to determine what caused the landslide in an area which was not prone to such incidents.

This is the first time that a landslide occurred in Kananga, Leyte.

Deadly landslide strikes at Lopez-led geothermal firms Leyte project

By: Euan Paulo C. Anonuevo,
March 1, 2013 7:15 PM

MANILA (UPDATE 2, 9:09 p.m.) A landslide in Energy Development Corps (EDC) geothermal power facility in Leyte has killed five workers and left six others missing.

In a statement, Lopez-controlled EDC said a landslide occurred in its Upper Mahiao geothermal project where its contractor First Balfour Inc is undertaking civil works with 43 workers. First Balfour is also a Lopez-controlled company.

Four are confirmed dead and we are coordinating with the families of those affected, EDC said.

A joint emergency response team formed by EDC and local government units is continuing the rescue of the seven other missing workers. Philex Mining Corp has offered a rescue team to help in the search, the company, which also suffered an accident at its Padcal mine in Benguet last year, said.

Thirty-six workers have been accounted for at the Upper Mahiao projecdt as this went online. Of these, 21 have been treated in EDCs clinic and 11 who sustained minor injuries are being treated in a nearby hospital.

EDC said the landslide came after two weeks of intermittent rains.

The accident comes as another EDC-owned power plant, the Bacon-Manito geothermal facility, was shut down within days after the company resumed commercial operations.EDC has been banking on the full operation of the BacMan facility to lift profit. The online news portal of TV5


Guho sa EDC Leyte Geothermal Power Plant, E Pilipinas, 5 pinatay, 9 na nakulong, nawawala – 030,313 1040z
Marso 3, 2013 sa pamamagitan ng malakambing ng News

Limang manggagawa ay namatay at siyam na iba na nakulong sa isang guho ng lupa sa isang construction site sa silangang Pilipinas, pulis sinabi kahapon.

(Larawan: Leyte Geothermal Power Plant

Ang mga biktima ay pagbuo ng anti-agnas railings sa gilid ng kalsada highland sa Kananga bayan sa Leyte lalawigan, 540 kilometro sa timog-silangan ng Manila, kapag ang isang bundok ng lupa na gumuho sa kanila, sinabi pulis Senior Inspector Antonio Angcay.

Steam pipe din sumabog kapag pindutin ng guho ng lupa, na naganap pagkatapos ng araw ng mabigat na umuulan, sinabi niya.

Ang limang katawan ay nakuhang muli kaagad matapos ang aksidente sa Biyernes, ngunit pagsusumikap upang iligtas ang siyam na nakulong mga manggagawa ay hampered sa pamamagitan ng malakas na pag-ulan, sinabi Angcay.

Linggo, Marso 3, 2013 sa 04:59

(Larawan: Leyte Geothermal Power Plant

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9 pa rin Walang sa Eastern Pilipinas guho

“Siyam na mga tao ay pa rin nawawala sa Sabado pagkatapos ng guho sa Lopez-LED Energy Development Corp ‘s (EDC) geothermal kapangyarihan pasilidad sa Leyte.

Sa hindi bababa sa limang tao ay nakumpirma na namatay sa pangyayari na ang.

Paghahanap at Pagsagip pagpapatakbo ay late Biyernes dahil sa mabigat na umuulan.

Pulis na sinabi ang mga manggagawa ay-install ng perimeter railings sa pagguho ng kaligtasan sa isang mountainside kapag ang lupa ang gumuho.

Sila plunged ilang 30 metro pababa.

Guho ang dumating pagkatapos ng dalawang linggo ng mga pasulput-sulpot na umuulan.

Ang isang pagsisiyasat ay itulak sa pamamagitan ng upang matukoy kung ano ang sanhi ng pagguho ng lupa sa isang lugar na kung saan ay hindi madaling kapitan ng sakit sa naturang mga insidente.

Ito ang unang pagkakataon na ang isang guho naganap sa Kananga, Leyte “-.
Nakamamatay guho strike sa Leyte proyekto Lopez-humantong geothermal firm

Sa pamamagitan ng: Euan Paulo C. Anonuevo,
Marso 1, 2013 7:15

“MANILA – (I-update ang 2, 09:09) Ang isang guho sa Energy Development corp (EDC) geothermal kapangyarihan pasilidad sa Leyte pinatay limang manggagawa at iniwan ang anim na iba nawawala.

Sa isang pahayag, sinabi Lopez-controlled EDC guho ng naganap sa Upper Mahiao geothermal proyekto kung saan nito kontratista First Balfour Inc pagsasagawa ng mga sibil gumagana na may 43 manggagawa. Unang Balfour din Lopez-controlled na kumpanya.

“Four ay nakumpirma patay at coordinating kami sa mga pamilya ng mga apektado,” sinabi EDC.

Ang isang joint emergency tugon team na nabuo ng EDC at ng mga lokal na pamahalaan yunit ng patuloy na Pagsagip ng pitong iba pang mga manggagawa sa nawawalang. Philex Pagmimina corp ay Inaalok Pagsagip koponan upang makatulong sa paghahanap, ang kumpanya, na din pinagdudusahan isang aksidente nito Padcal minahan sa Benguet noong nakaraang taon, sinabi.

Tatlumpung-anim na manggagawa para sa Upper Mahiao projecdt bilang na ito nagpunta online. Sa mga ito, 21 ay itinuturing sa EDC sa klinika at 11 na matagal menor de edad pinsala ay ginagamot sa isang malapit na ospital.

EDC sinabi guho ang dumating pagkatapos ng dalawang linggo ng mga pasulput-sulpot na umuulan.

Aksidente ay bilang isa pang EDC pagmamay-ari ng kapangyarihan planta, ang Bacon-Manito geothermal pasilidad ay shut down sa loob ng mga araw matapos ang kumpanya Ipinagpatuloy pagpapatakbong pangkomersyal. EDC ay pagbabangko sa buong operasyon ng pasilidad BacMan iangat kita “- Ang online portal ng balita ng TV5


Miner killed, 5 injured as landslide hits Composteral Valley areas

Coal Mountain

TAGUM CITY—A miner was killed and five others were injured in yet another landslide in a mining village in Mt. Diwalwal in Monkayo, Compostela Valley, police said on Saturday.

Supt. Cydric Earl Tamayo, Monkayo police chief, said  rains in the past few days triggered the landslide that buried a house and a gold processing plant in the area on Wednesday.

Senior Supt. Camilo Cascolan, Compostela Valley police chief, said the police got the report late because communication lines were down in the area.

Tamayo identified the fatality as Cirilo Seguerra, 25, a transient. Those injured were identified as Roseric Mercado, 36, the owner of the house buried in the landslide; his relatives, Ronald, 27, and Benjie, 26, also surnamed Mercado; Rodel Sacon, 25; and Jerico Humilid, 24.

Tamayo said the victims were miners apparently under the employ of Roseric.

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5 killed, 5 missing in landslide at huge coal mining pit in central Philippines


5 pinatay, 5 nawawala sa pagguho ng lupa sa malaking hukay sa pagmimina ng karbon sa sentro ng Pilipinas

MANILA, Pilipinas – Isang pader ng ​​isang malaking karbon-mining hukay gumuho sa central Pilipinas, pagpatay ng hindi bababa sa limang manggagawa at burying walong iba, ang mga opisyal ng sinabi Huwebes.

George San Pedro ng Semirara Pagmimina Corp, na nagpapatakbo sa minahan ng karbon sa Semirara Island sa lalawigan ng Antique, sinabi ng tatlong mga tao ay rescued pagkatapos guho struck sa paligid ng hatinggabi. Kumpanya simula na iniulat ang mga opisyal ng tatlong patay ngunit sinabi dalawang higit pang mga katawan ay nabawi mamaya Huwebes, nagdadala ng plegarya sa limang, na may limang iba pa rin nawawala.

Ang mga manggagawa ay paglalaan ng pahinga mula sa 24-oras na pagpapatakbo ng pagmimina kapag ang guho ang pindutin, ang mga opisyal ng sinabi. Hukay ay kabilang sa pinakamalaking mina ng bansa.

Company opisyal itinigil ang pagpapatakbo ng pagmimina upang matiyak ang kaligtasan ng mga manggagawa at payagan ang isang pagsisiyasat sa kung ano-set-off ang guho, sinabi San Pedro.

Regional pulis chief Agrimero Cruz Jr sinabi ito ay rained sa kamakailang mga araw ngunit ito ay hindi malinaw kung ang panahon ay iniambag sa guho. Walang mga pangunahing lindol na nakita kamakailan sa Antique, tungkol sa 350 kilometro (215 milya) sa timog ng Manila.

Sinabi ng Office of Civil Tanggulan rehiyonal director Rosario Cabrera ang mga pulis at iba pang mga awtoridad ang co-ordinating sa Semirara Pagmimina Corp upang makatulong na iligtas ang mga nawawala na miners.

Coal Mountain

MANILA, Philippines – A wall of a huge coal-mining pit collapsed in the central Philippines, killing at least five workers and burying eight others, officials said Thursday.

George San Pedro of the Semirara Mining Corp., which runs the coal mine on Semirara Island in Antique province, said three people were rescued after the landslide struck around midnight. Company officials initially reported three dead but said two more bodies were retrieved later Thursday, bringing the death toll to five, with five others still missing.

The workers were taking a break from the 24-hour mining operations when the landslide hit, officials said. The pit is among the country’s largest mines.

Company officials halted mining operations to ensure the safety of workers and allow an investigation of what set off the landslide, San Pedro said.

Regional police chief Agrimero Cruz Jr. said it has rained in recent days but it was unclear whether…

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#Philippines: Disease alert as #flood toll jumps to 85, tropical depression #HELEN concern – Updated 12 Aug 2012 1337 GMT/UTC

At least 19 killed in Philippines Floods

Thursday, 09 August, 2012 at 07:11 UTC RSOE (NB: Newer updates below)

Ten cities and municipalities in Metro Manila and six provinces in Luzon have been placed under a state of calamity due to massive flooding caused by four days of non-stop monsoon rains.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said that areas in Metro Manila that have been placed under a state of calamity were Marikina, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela, Muntinlupa, San Juan, Pasig, Pasay, Caloocan and Pateros.

In Central Luzon, the provinces of Bataan, Pampanga, Zambales and Bulacan as well as Laguna and Palawan provinces in Southern Luzon have also been placed under a state of calamity. Quezon City, which has the most number of families affected by floods, has yet to make a calamity declaration.

There are a total of 72,468 people affected by flooding in the city and majority of them or a total of 72,264 are staying in 57 evacuation centers. Quezon City and Marikina City have been hit by greater volume of torrential rains since Sunday night.

A massive evacuation has been ordered in Marikina City due to the overflowing of the Marikina River. A total of 246,808 people have been affected in 17 areas in Metro Manila.

The other regions affected by the monsoon rains were Ilocos, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa and Western Visayas.

The NDRRMC said that a total of 454,093 families or nearly two million people in Metro Manila and the five other regions are affected by floods caused by the monsoon rains.

It has also confirmed 19 fatalities, nine of which died in a landslide in Quezon City and eight died from drowning. Flooding in Quezon City and other areas in Luzon were expected to continue due to the overflowing of major dams including La Mesa, Angat and San Roque. The water reserve in Ipo, Ambuklao and Binga dams are near spilling levels.

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Death toll from Philippines floods rises to 66
Saturday August 11, 2012 – 13:46 EST

The death toll from torrential rains that submerged most of the Philippines capital Manila has risen to 66.

  Al Jazeera’s Marga Ortigas reports from Manila, many of those who were forced out of their homes are now trying to return.

Nearly two weeks of monsoon rains across the Philippines’ main island of Luzon peaked with a 48-hour deluge earlier this week that battered Manila and surrounding regions.

The extra deaths occurred mainly in the provinces during the initial rain from Monday to Wednesday, but government officials in the outlying areas could not immediately report the casualties to Manila headquarters.

Ten people remain missing as the floods, which submerged 80 per cent of Manila earlier in the week, have largely subsided.

Radio Australia’s reporter in Manila, Shirley Escalante, says the massive clean up has begun.

“As floodwaters recede, tonnes of garbage has been left behind littering roads, parks and drains in the capital Manila and surrounding provinces,” Ms Escalante said.

Health officials are warning diseases like leptospirosis and diarrhea could spread easily.

Ms Escalante says authorities have price controlled basic food items like bread, noodles and canned goods, to ensure there’s enough to go around.

Relief effort

But the government says it’s struggling to cope with the scale of the relief effort which is expected to last for weeks.

Tens of thousands of people are continuing to stream into evacuation centres that are already overcrowded and unable to provide enough immediate relief goods.

The Social Welfare Secretary, Corazon Soliman, says local government units are being overwhelmed.

“We have evacuation centres that are congested, that is the whole problem,” she said.

More than 362,000 people were sheltering in evacuation centres on Friday, nearly 50,000 more than on Thursday.

Farmland inundated

Water remains waist-deep across a large part of a vital rice growing region to the north of Manila.

“We need something to eat. I haven’t gone to work or been paid for a week,” said Rogelio Soco, a construction worker and father-of-three in a small farming town outside Manila.

Mr Soco says the floods were the worst the area had seen since a huge typhoon struck in the early 1970s.

Other locals also say they haven’t experienced anything like it for decades.

Around the town of Apalit, formerly green rice paddies have been turned into an ocean of brown water.

‘Inadequate response’

Local non-government organisation Transform Asia has labelled the government’s response inadequate.

“The response really is not good enough,” the group’s chairwoman Reihana Mohideen told Radio Australia’s .

“For example, there are water pumping stations in the area that I went to. They pump out 15,000 litres of water a day and they were completely overwhelmed. They did not have the capacity to deal with the amount of water.”

She said many victims had been living in squatter colonies without proper drainage systems.

“The devastation that you travel through to get to these centres of flooded huts – this is the face of poverty,” she said.

“Housing is inadequate. There’re no proper drainage systems. The roads get flooded so quickly, and you don’t have water catchment to catch and store this water. There’s inadequate power supply.”

Her comments were echoed by urban planner Nathaniel Einseidel, who said the Philippines had enough technical know-how, and access to financing, to solve the ongoing flood problems.

“It’s a lack of appreciation for the benefits of long-term plans. It’s a vicious cycle when the planning, the policies and enforcement are not very well synchronised,” said Mr Einseidel, who was Manila’s planning chief from 1979-89.

“I haven’t heard of a local government, a town or city that has a comprehensive drainage masterplan.”

This week’s rains were the worst to hit Manila since Tropical Storm Ketsana killed 464 people in 2009.

Environment Secretary Ramon Paje warned that the Philippines must prepare for more intense rains caused by climate change, describing the latest deluge as the “new normal”.

– ABC (via

Meanwhile AFP says

 Philippine authorities scrambled to provide food and other emergency provisions Saturday to more than two million people affected by widespread flooding, as the death toll rose to 66, officials said.

The flooding that submerged 80 percent of Manila early in the week has largely subsided, allowing people to return to their homes, but more than 100 low-lying towns and cities to the north remain under water.

Civil defence chief Benito Ramos said the huge displaced population, including 441,000 people crammed in crowded evacuation camps, would need to be fed and taken care of for at least another seven days.

“The bulk of our operations involves relief, but also clean-up,” Ramos told AFP.

“Volunteers are packaging 100,000 food packs for immediate distribution.”

The government’s disaster co-ordination council said it was serving nearly 758,000 people displaced by floods on Saturday, significantly more than the previous day as tens of thousands trickled into evacuation centres overnight.

But with 2.68 million people affected, up from 2.44 million on Friday, many are having to fend for themselves.

In Calumpit, a farming town about 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of Manila, unmarried construction worker Ronaldo Cruz stepped out of his house, stuck in waist-deep floods, to ask for food from better-off neighbours and relatives.

“We’ve been waiting for relief aid, but none has arrived,”

said the 32-year-old, who lives with seven other relatives.

“Perhaps there isn’t enough to go around,” he told AFP.

With evacuation centres packed to capacity and houses inundated by flood water, many residents of Calumpit are forced to live on their rooftops.

The UN World Food Programme said it was providing 52.5 tonnes of high-energy biscuits and hiring trucks to help the government transport other relief supplies.

“WFP is saddened by the humanitarian impact of the non-stop rains over the last week in the Philippines,” its country chief Stephen Anderson said in a statement.

The UN body said it also plans to distribute supplementary food to about 77,000 children in the flooded areas.

The government said Saturday that 66 people had been confirmed killed, up from 60 on Friday.

The Philippines endures about 20 major storms or typhoons each rainy season. But this week’s rains were the worst to hit Manila since Tropical Storm Ketsana killed 464 people in 2009. – Reliefweb

Youtuber “I rode the yellow dump truck from my place to the supermarket. The usual 10-minute ride took 45 minutes because vehicles are carefully treading the flood at 5 kph. LOL! The flood is still widespread in Sandoval Ave., Pasig City.”

See here how people go about their daily lives like one person here making the gas delivery with his motorbike.

12 Aug 2012:

MANILA (AFP) – Emergency relief officials and doctors deployed to flood devastated communities in the Philippines on Sunday to prevent outbreaks of disease as the death toll jumped to 85.

The flooding that submerged 80 per cent of Manila early in the week has largely subsided but more than 150 towns and cities around the capital remain under water, affecting more than three million people.

Amid the ongoing relief operation, the weather bureau warned of a low pressure area developing some 850km to the east in the Pacific Ocean that could turn into a storm and bring more rain.

Many provinces around Manila remained inundated as overflowing dams continued to release water, the national disaster coordinating agency said. Relief workers were dealing with “clogged pipelines and trash everywhere. Sanitation has emerged as a key problem,” Red Cross secretary general Gwendolyn Pang told AFP.


dost_pagasa (Philippines Weather Bureau):

At 5:00PM (PhT) 08/12/12 The active LPA East of Northern Luzon has developed into Tropical Depression #HELEN

At 4:00pm today (PhT) the center of TD “HELEN” was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 750 km E of Casiguran, Aurora (16.7°N 130.2°E). Maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center. It is forecast to move West Northwest at 11 kph.

Estimated rainfall amount is from 10 – 20 mm per hour (heavy – intense) within the 350 km diameter of the Tropical Depression #HELEN

As of 7:00PM, the center of Tropical Depression #Helen was estimated at 720KM East of Casiguran, Aurora (16.8°N 129.9°E)

TD #HELEN is expected to enhance the HABAGAT that will bring rains over Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao especially the Western section.

As of 6:00PM (PhT), the center of Tropical Depression Helen was est. at 740KM East of Casiguran, Aurora (16.7N, 130.0E).

As of 7:00PM (PhT), the center of Tropical Depression #Helen was estimated at 720KM East of Casiguran, Aurora (16.8°N 129.9°E).

Severe Weather Bulletin No. 1 Issued at: 5:00 p.m (PhT)., 12 August 2012

Philippines President Aquino assures Tarlac flood victims of help

By Joelyn G. Baluyut (reliefweb)

TARLAC CITY, Tarlac, Aug11 (PIA) — President Aquino assured monsoon flood victims in his home province of Tarlac that government will help in their recovery.

Speaking before residents in Barangay Apulid in Paniqui town Friday, the Chief Executive said he admires the resiliency of the residents to immediately rise from the tragedy. He added that such trait is a positive sign of brighter things ahead.

Aquino distributed relief goods in the village and in Barangay Sta. Lucia in Capas town together with secretaries of Social Welfare Dinky Soliman, Energy Jose Almendras, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Joel Villanueva, Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning (PCSDO) Ramon Carandang, Aurora representative Sonny Angara, and former party-list representative Risa Hontiveros.

In an interview, one of the evacuees in Brgy. Apulid, Elena Salcedo, 79, said, “This is even worse than typhoons Pedring and Quiel, I was scared but with the President here I am very thankful because he had seen what our current situation is and it brings me hope that soon we’ll be back to our normal lives.”

Meanwhile, Paniqui Mayor Dors Rivilla said, “evacuees will be probably be staying in the evacuation centers for three to four days until the rain stops to ensure their safety.”

In the municipal level, we are doing our best to avert such a situation again and we are asking government to assist. Our area is a catch basin, the mayor explained.

He also cited the construction of P16 billion Balog-Balog Irrigation Multipurpose Project (BBIMP), a megadam in the western part of Tarlac which will help in the mitigation of flooding in low-lying areas of the province.

The Department of Agriculture explained that the project would irrigate about 39,150 hectares of farmlands in the municipalities of Concepcion, Gerona, Pura, Ramos, Paniqui, La Paz, Victoria, and Tarlac City.

A total of 250 and 200 packs were distributed by the DSWD-3 to barangays Apulid and Sta. Lucia evacuation centers. A pack is composed of three kilos of rice, six assorted canned goods, six noodles, and coffee.

Based on Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) figures, there are now 619 affected families or 2,291 individuals and 1,1864 families or 9,169 individuals covering Paniqui and Capas towns respectively. (CLJD/JGB-PIA 3)

Red Cross steps up rescue and relief operations for flood-stricken families

The Philippine Red Cross has stepped up its rescue and relief operations for flood-stricken families rescuing a total of 7,525 persons and assisting in the evacuation of more than 200,000 individuals with the help of Red Cross 143 volunteers. Persons rescued were from Valenzuela, Rizal, Caloocan, Manila and other affected areas.

The Quezon City Red Cross assisted in the search and rescue of the victims of the landslides in Commonwealth where three persons were given first aid and transported to nearby hospital.

The Red Cross as well has provided hot meals to more than 191,344 persons in various evacuation centers.

PRC Chairman Richard Gordon has directed Red Cross to deploy all life-saving equipment such as amphibian, rubber boats, ambulances and trucks and intensify further its rescue and relief operations to assist more people, especially in worst hit areas.

Gordon will personally hand over relief goods to the University of Sto Tomas Hospital, Epifanio Delos Santos Hospital and University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Hospital for distribution to patients, crew and staff. The PRC Chair will also discuss partnership with hospital officials for better medical and health services to people in distress.

Earlier, the Red Cross has provided generator to Epifanio delos Santos Hospital and assisted as well in providing fuel for the generator of the UERM Hospital.

PRC Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang said more relief operations and hygiene promotion will be conducted in some of the 566 evacuation centers where 49,220 families are still sheltered. The Red Cross will also set up welfare desks in the evacuation centers to provide psychosocial support and other welfare needs of the affected families.

Pang said, the Red Cross will also conduct quick assessment of the situation and furthers needs of the affected families in Metro Manila and other flooded areas.

The Red Cross will continue to work round the clock with more areas still under water.

Red Cross in full action responding to floods

The Philippine Red Cross is responding around the clock to the worsening flood situation in Metro Manila and nearby provinces triggered by continuous southwest monsoon rains, prompting hundreds of families to evacuate to higher grounds.

The Red Cross Emergency Response Teams have so far rescued a total of 250 persons in various flood-stricken areas in Valenzuela, Rizal and Quezon City.

The Red Cross life-saving vehicles including its amphibian, rubber boats, 6 X 6 trucks and ambulances are on full swing surveying flooded areas and assisting in rescue operation and evacuation of families trapped by rising flood water.

PRC Chairman Richard Gordon has directed all chapters and Red Cross 143 volunteers to remain vigilant in responding to the situation and ensure the safety of the affected families.

More than 6,000 persons were served with hot meals and another 2,000 more were provided with food items in 63 evacuation centers that were visited so far, by Red Cross response teams, according to PRC Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang.

Pang also said the Red Cross is now preparing more relief aid for immediate distribution to affected families.

The PRC medical and social worker teams are now on alert for deployment to evacuation areas to ensure the health and well-being of the flood-stricken population, particularly the most vulnerable group.

The PRC Blood services are also on stand by to ensure that blood requirements are met anytime the need arises.

PRC is coordinating closely with MMDA, local government units and other concerned agencies to do more, do better and reach further to affected families.

Twitter updates on the Red Cross response to flooding:

IFRC news bulletin (pdf download)

The PRC welcomes donations in cash for flood-affected families. You may send or deposit your donations to the following:

Banco De Oro
Peso: 00-453-0018647
Dollar: 10-453-0039482

Peso: 151-3-041631228
Dollar: 151-2-15100218-2

Philippine National Bank
Peso: 3752 8350 0034
Dollar: 3752 8350 0042

Unionbank of the Philippines
Peso: 1015 4000 0201
Dollar: 1315 4000 0090

All Check/Cash for the account of Philippine Red Cross (Swift Codes)
Banco De Oro

Bank of the Philippine Islands


Philippine National Bank

Unionbank of the Philippines

For your donations to be properly acknowledged, please fax the bank transaction slip at nos. +63.2.527.0575 or +63.2.404.0979 with your name, address and contact number.

SMS and G-Cash

Text RED<space>AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart)

Text DONATE<space>AMOUNT<space>4-digit M-PIN<space>REDCROSS to 2882

You can donate the following denominations:
Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000
Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000.


Philippine floods: Stranded using Twitter for help (BBC News 8 August 2012)

TROPICAL DEPRESSION #HELEN – Published 12 Aug 2012 1350 GMT/UTC

Uganda: 130 dead,450 missing,feared buried, in massive landslides – Updated 28 June 2012 1327 GMT/UTC

More than 100 people are missing and about 30 confirmed dead in eastern Uganda after a landslide buried villages.

On Monday, the Uganda Red Cross said at least 18 people had been killed, but yesterday government officials said the number of fatalities was higher and that 109 people were still missing around Mt Elgon, a major coffee-growing area.

Heavy rain triggered a mudslide on Monday that cut through trees and bushes, burying two villages in mud, officials said, adding that 178 people had survived.

The search operation was called off yesterday officials said the chances of finding survivors were slim. “It is feared the landslide and floods buried about 29 homes with about 30 people dead,” said Stephen Mallinga, the minister of disaster preparedness and refugees.

He said the timing of the disaster – 2pm – had prevented more fatalities as many people were either at the market or at school.

Up to 400,000 people could require humanitarian aid as the rain intensified, forcing them to abandon their homes, he added.

Survivors fretted about the possibility of more landslides.

“I fear that the thing could come again and sweep me away. It happened in seconds. The trees were shaking and the soil was going down,” said 26-year-old Julius Wabuteya.

He said he had found his pregnant wife knee-deep in mud and had managed to pull her out and rush her to hospital to seek treatment for her injuries. Others were not so lucky.

Mary Lubango, who wailed in grief at the scene of the landslide, said she had lost several relatives when the landslide struck.

A village woman mourns after a landslide in Uganda, June 26, 2012
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Tuesday, 26 June, 2012 at 05:30 (05:30 AM) UTC RSOE

UPDATE: 28 June, 2012

Rescue workers in Uganda yesterday June 26 ended the search for the dead, concentrating on looking after the injured and displaced.

An estimated 450 people are believed to have been buried in massive landslides

on Monday June 25 in the villages of Namaga and Bunakasala, Bududa District in the eastern part of the country near Mount Elgon.

(Image: BBC)
Uganda landslides: Sad picture speaks for itself….
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The area was said to have experienced heavy rain for a number of days before Monday’s disaster struck.

Reports said only about 18 bodies had been recovered.

David Wakikona, a legislator from the region said most people were likely indoors when huge blocks of mud and rocks started to roll down hills, toppling homes, killing livestock and burying people alive. According to him, at least 300 people lived in the three affected villages.

A survivor, Rachael Namwono told Uganda’s Monitor newspaper that the ground quaked at 2 pm local time, followed by heavy rumbling of soil and stones which covered their home in the mountainous district.

Officials from Bududa confirmed that the final death toll would likely be in hundreds.

The Disaster Preparedness Minister, Stephen Mallinga said he also expected the death toll to rise as mud is removed from the affected villages, adding that moving the mud had so far proved difficult.

Minister Mallinga said many residents were refusing to move to safer locations as villages near Mount Elgon have fertile land and fewer cases of malaria.

He told the BBC that his government will eventually pass a law to relocate people from the top and sides of the mountain.

Even those who were relocated to a camp for refugees after the 2010 landslides secretly returned to Bududa, Mallinga explained.

A Red Cross official, Michael Nataka told Reuters news agency that the total number at risk in the buried areas was 448.

He said the Mount Elgon area has so many places with cracks and that each time there is prolonged rainfall, water seeps into the cracks, eventually causing landslides. Landslides are a common occurrence in the hilly parts of eastern Uganda.

They have been especially lethal over the years in villages where the land is denuded of vegetation cover.

Massive landslides in Bududa in 2010 killed about 100 people, destroying everything from the village market to a church.

Wednesday, 27 June, 2012 at 12:51 UTC RSOE

India: Landslide strands 4000 tourists – 31 May 2012

Landslides triggered by rains have snapped the road link between Gangtok and Tsomgo Lake, leaving about 4000 tourists stranded near 15 Mile, en route to Tsomgo Lake and Nathu la in Sikkim.

Officials said that visitors from all over the country on way to the lake and Nathu La have been put up in shelters provided by the Army at their bases beyond 15 Mile.

The tourists were stuck after boulders fell on the main Jawaharlal Nehru Road, the link between Gangtok and Tsomgo Lake, yesterday.

Lukendra Rasaily, president, Travel Agents Association of Sikkim (TAAS) said the boulders started falling on the road after 2 PM yesterday and at around 4 PM it got totally blocked after another landslide struck above 15 Mile.

Many of the tourists who had reached the spot before the landslide were, however, lucky to make it to Gangtok.

Some of the tourists braved it across the slide through other alternative routes to reach Gangtok, but the route was fraught with danger in view of fading light and continuous rains, Rasaily said.

Border Road Organisation officials were working round-the -clock on re-opening the route depending on the weather, the sources said, adding last September’s tremor, 6.9 on Richter scale, could have loosened the ground underneath and continuing rains then resulted in the landslide.

The alternative route via Rongli and Rhenock will be used to evacuate the tourists if the main route takes longer to be restored.

Yesterday, was the first day of the week when Nathu la was open to tourists as any traffic up to the Indo-China border remains closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Thursday, 31 May, 2012 at 11:26 (11:26 AM) UTC RSOE

Vietnam: Dynamite explosion and rockslide kills 9, injures 4 at quarry

An official in northern Vietnam says rock slides have killed nine people in two separate accidents at quarrying operations.

(Photo: Tuoitre News)
Lai Xuan Commune Quarry
(Click on photo for full story)


Local official Nguyen Xuan Truong says four workers died at the scene following the first accident Monday in the northern port city of Hai Phong.

Two others died in a hospital, and four workers remain hospitalised.

The cause remains unclear, but falling rocks buried workers below and crushed them, he said.

Truong says a rock slide at a nearby quarry Tuesday killed three other workers.

The quarry operations produce limestone for cement factories and construction.

Wednesday, 23 May, 2012 at 06:44 (06:44 AM) UTC RSOE

A better account from

“Nine people died and four others were injured yesterdat after a dynamite explosion and a rockslide occurred consecutively at a quarry in Hai Phong City, local authorities reported.

The first accident occurred at about 10:30 am at a quarry in Lai Xuan Commune when dynamite that had been laid at several locations in the quarry simultaneously exploded, causing many massive rocks to break and fall down from the Truot Mountain.

At that time, 20 miners working at the base of the mountain managed to escape, while 6 others were crushed and buried by the falling rocks.

All of them were found dead later, while 4 others were severely injured.”

Full story here:

Tornado, Flash Floods & Landslide in Philippines

Some 52 houses and related structures were damaged as flashfloods, landslides and a strong tornado ravaged several farming villages in two municipalities in South Cotabato province Monday afternoon.

No casualties have been reported but an initial 27 houses and farm sheds were confirmed damaged after a twister battered two villages in Norala town while another 25 houses were affected by flashfloods and landslides that hit a remote community in Tupi town.

In Norala town, municipal social welfare officer Alice Fuentes said the twister, which came after a heavy downpour, struck Barangays Matapol and Simsiman around 3 p.m. and battered communities in the area for about an hour and a half.

She said the strong winds brought by the twister tore off the roofs of houses and uprooted trees along its path.

�The main road going to Barangay Matapol was initially inaccessible when we first responded to the area because it was blocked by felled trees,� Fuentes said in a radio interview.

Citing their initial assessment, she said three houses in Purok Paghidait and five more in Purok Milagrosa of Barangay Matapol sustained partial damages as a result of the incident.

Fuentes said the damages to the affected structures in the area were initially valued at P60,000.

The official said personnel from the Norala Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) were still evaluating the extent of the damage caused by the tornado in nearby Barangay Simisiman but said 19 houses were initially reported as damaged in the area.

In Tupi town, officials of Barangay Cebuano reported that a house was totally destroyed while 24 more sustained partial damages after a flashflood and landslide swept Sitio Tucay-el on Monday afternoon.

The floods and landslides also destroyed agricultural crops and several community structures in the area.

The Tupi MDRRMC, which immediately released relief assistance to the affected residents, is still assessing the extent of the damage in the area Tuesday morning.

Wednesday, 16 May, 2012 at 05:39 (05:39 AM) UTC RSOE

At least 24 killed, up to 45 missing, 2,000 evac in hailstorm/landslide – hospitals and schools destroyed – Gansu, China

Three differing accounts of this event:

1) At least 24 people died, while 33 others have been listed as missing as a result of a hailstorm and a landslide in Chinas northwestern province of Gansu.

Six urban areas are suffering blackouts, and dozens of homes, hospitals and schools have been destroyed.

Almost 2,000 people have been evacuated from the worst-hit areas. Economic damage is estimated at 137 million dollars.

Friday, 11 May, 2012 at 10:41 (10:41 AM) UTC RSOE

2) BEIJING, May 11 (Xinhuanet) — The death toll has climbed to 24 and 37 people are missing after hail and torrential rains battered Minxian County in northwest China’s Gansu Province.

Thursday’s storm lasted only an hour, but wreaked havoc in 17 of the county’s 18 townships and villages. In the worst-hit areas, precipitation measured nearly 70 mm. Nearly 2-thousand people were evacuated to safety.

Hail and torrential rain also cut power supplies in six townships, damaging over 7- thousand hectares of cropland and disrupting traffic on two interprovincial highways.


3) Meanwhile, China National News says 19 dead, 45 missing in China storm

Friday 11th May, 2012

Nineteen people were killed and 45 went missing after hail and torrential rains battered northwest China’s Gansu province Thursday, authorities said Friday.

The stormy weather lasted only an hour from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., but wreaked havoc in 17 of Minxian county’s 18 townships and villages, reported Xinhua citing a press release.

Five people were hospitalized with serious injuries and over 1,900 were evacuated.

Hail and torrential rains cut power supplies in six townships, damaged several homes, hospitals, schools and 7,300 hectares of cropland and disrupted traffic on two highways.

In the worst-hit Chabu town, perched at an average altitude of 2,000 meters, more than 800 people were evacuated to village schools and government offices Thursday night.

Minxian is a mountainous county with a population of 450,000. It is 150 km from Zhouqu county, where a devastating rain-triggered mudslide killed more than 1,500 people in August 2010.

UK: Devon house evacuated amid fears it could fall into the sea

(Top photo: BBC)
(This photo: Devon & Cornwall Police)
Structural engineers are at the scene to try to assess the stability of the house

Landslip sparks fears Hallsands house could fall into sea

Devon and Cornwall Police said the owner of the house in Hallsands, called Sea View, contacted emergency services after a large landslide.

Part of a stone barn has collapsed into the sea and a viewing balcony has started to slip.

A holiday let next door to the property, which is empty, could also in danger.

Sea View was bought by the Williams family in the 1960s and work was carried out to shore up the house.

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In January 1917, the fishing village of Hallsands collapsed into the sea and a total of 29 homes were lost.

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14 Killed, 50+ missing in avalanche triggered massive flooding of Seti river Nepal

A flooded mountain river swept away dozens of people along with their houses, farms and cattle Saturday in western Nepal, officials said.

Police official Shailesh Thapa said five bodies have been pulled out from the Seti river in Kaski district. Police are searching for more victims.There are several people believed to be missing, including three Russian tourists who were trekking in the area, Thapa said. The names of the Russians were not yet known.Police teams were trying to reach the village in the Mount Annapurna area where the flooding had started.The flooding even reached the tourist resort town of Pokhara, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) west of the capital, Katmandu.

The Annapurna region is popular area for thousands of trekkers who visit the area every year. May is the end of the trekking season, so there are not many trekkers left in the region.The Seti river is a main source of water for the people in the region, and many villages are located on the banks of the river.

Saturday, 05 May, 2012 at 11:18 (11:18 AM) UTC RSOE


Death toll has risen to 14.

Two buses carrying students for a picnic at Khaarapani have also been swept away by the flood. Two students are also missing in the flood.

Worst affected is Kharapani village where a number of people swept away along with their houses and livestock.

Most of the victims are reported to be shopkeepers in Kharapani. People of Machhapuchre are also reported to affected.

Several people are reported to be injured. The injured people are taken to Pokhara.

An army helicopter is working for rescue operation

Combination of an avalanche and landslide caused flooding in Seti river.

Annapurna is a section of the Himalayas in north-central Nepal which is also the world’s most dangerous mountains to climb. It is one of the world’s 14 highest peaks.