22 Apr 2011

Many missing after landslide in mining village

8:54 pm on 22 April 2011

At least one person has been killed and 40 are missing after a landslide struck homes and destroyed mining tunnels in the southern Philippines.

Mud and rocks buried miners' houses in the remote Kingking village in Compostela Valley province on the southern island of Mindanao, the BBC reports.

The landslide struck the village about 3am on Thursday (local time), causing the collapse of access tunnels used by small-scale miners to extract gold.

Rescue teams, troops and helicopters have been sent to the village.

At least six people have been pulled alive from the mud. However, officials said rescue efforts were being hampered because the landslide has blocked roads.