INTRODUCTION: In the Philippines, heavy rains have led to widespread floods and landslides, resulting in the deaths of about 135 people.
GV Zoom SV Volcano with rubble in foreground.
SV Rubble strewn field and stream.
GV School house, with its roof blown off.
SV Pan Damaged house, with trees pushed over and flooded fields. (3 SHOTS)
GV Flooded village.
SV EXTERIOR School where refugees housed.
SV INTERIOR Refugees in schoolhouse. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN Coffins, families that have been killed. (2 SHOTS)
SV Refugees and children.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In the Philippines, heavy rains have led to widespread floods and landslides, resulting in the deaths of about 135 people. The stricken area is about 300 kilometres (180 miles) south east of Manila on the main island of Luzon.
SYNOPSIS: The rains hit a wide area round the 2,400-metre (11,300 foot) Mayon Volcano, near the city of Legaspi. It caused heavy flooding in Legaspi and surrounding villages. A fresh danger arose when a series of landslides occurred on the slopes of the mountain. Houses were crushed, crops destroyed, and trees flattened.
The flooding began on Tuesday (30 June). Within a day, at least 49 deaths were reported. An elderly couple in a village at the foot of the mountain were reported buried by mud in a ricefield. In another village a married couple and five of their children were swept away by floodwaters. At least two other families were buried alive by mudflows. Many people were caught in their sleep.
As news of the tragedy spread, rescue teams rushed to the area. Refugees took shelter in a local school which escaped with little damage. Red Cross teams supplied food and medicine. But in another part of the school were the coffins of those who were not so lucky. And, as the search of the area continued, more bodies were expected to be uncovered.
Twelve villages in a eight-mile radius of the base of the mountain were swamped by the mud. The casualties elsewhere were mainly caused by floods. Rescue work is still going on.