Monday, February 20, 2006

Search for survivors continues

Rescue workers in the Philippines dig toward 'knocking' sounds on school site

High-tech gear detected “signs of life” Monday at the site of an elementary school buried under up to 100 feet of mud that swept down a hillside soaked by rain in the eastern Philippines, officials said. Rescue workers refused to give up hope of finding survivors.

Authorities say that sounds of scratching and tapping were picked up by seismic sensors and sound-detection gear brought in by U.S. and Malaysian forces. Generator-powered lights were set up to allow teams of rescue workers to dig through the sludge during the night.

The search for survivors in the farming village of Guinsaugon focused on the school because of reports that some of the 250-300 children and teachers believed trapped inside may have sent cell phone text messages to relatives soon after Friday's disaster. Details from the Philippine Star.

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Alina said...

I admire the fact that these rescue teams refuse to give up! Maybe they will only save just a few, but it still means a great deal! I think this is the most important thing when facing nature: never give up hope. And pay more attention to what you do to the environment, if possible.

AsianSmiles said...

Amen, Alina.

Siis, I got this news from my sister via text. Trusting their instinct on locating small houses buried on the ground, some miners from Mindanao (west of Visayas) came over voluntarily to help dig for survivors - using small shovels and their bare hands.

God bless the rescuers from US, the government, the miners and the individuals who go out of their way to join the rescue operations.

Deb S. said...

Alina and AsianSmiles: It's too bad this story didn't have a happier ending.