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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