Sunday, February 19, 2006

Mudslide in the Philippines: Follow-up

Search and rescue efforts continue

In the southern Philippines, the sun was shining on Sunday, after almost nonstop rain for nearly two weeks. Officially, the landslide on Friday, one of the worst in this country in recent memory, killed 57 people. However, more than 1,800 are still missing, including more than 200 school children. Rescuers were still hampered by the soft mud that covered practically every inch of this village.

A United States military team arrived Sunday to assess the situation and provide help. Two American military vessels and two helicopters arrived late Sunday morning. Here's an update from ABC News.

Related: Disaster Prone: Landslides, Stampedes, Earthquakes, Eruptions (Filipino Librarian)


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9 comments:

vonjobi said...

thanks for the link and the comment on my blog. i really should have added "politicians" to the title of that post. it's not only nature that makes the philippines prone to disasters, after all.

Deb S. said...

Von: Here in the U.S., some would argue that politics have no place in the response to disasters.

I invite readers to check out your blog. I like your style.

Cecilia said...

If that argument holds true, DCS, then that would be a tremendous comfort...unfortunately most of these "natural" disasters could have been prevented (if not for "political reasons"...at least in our country)...

Thank you for bringing in Vonjobi here. I've visited his blog and I'm just delighted to see so much about our own country.

Deb S. said...

Cecilia: Perhaps a Vonjobi fan club would be appropriate. :-)

Anyone who wants to learn more about Von should check out this post by AsianSmiles.

Shirazi said...

How sad! It is difficlt way to die.

Raheel said...

I think natural disasters cannot be prevented but yeh the authorities in charge can work for better disaster management to decrease the risks and damage.

defiant goddess said...

So very sad.

vonjobi said...

vonjobi fan club? i'm not worthy =)

i thought of adding "politicians" not because they should be part of the response, but they have led us into a lot of disasters =(

Deb S. said...

Von: I agree. Inaction or inappropriate action by politicians can be quite damaging.

As for your fan club, too late. It's already created. Live with it. :-)