Southern Leyte Mudslide of 2006

A massive rock slide-debris avalanche occurred on February 17, 2006 in the Philippine province of Southern Leyte that caused widespread damage and loss of life.

The deadly landslide followed a ten-day period of heavy rains and a minor earthquake of magnitude 2.6 on the Richter scale. The official death toll stands at 1,126.

Rescue workers and sniffer dogs were frantically searching for survivors on an eastern Philippine island on Friday after a mudslide roared down a mountainside, wiping out an entire village.
About two dozen bodies have been recovered from the farming community on Leyte island, about 670 kilometres southeast of Manila. About 30 more people were being treated for injuries.

About 1,500 people are missing from the Guinsaugon village area of St. Bernard town, which was completely covered by as much as nine metres of mud.

An entire village has been buried by a major landslide in the central Philippines following heavy rains.

Nineteen people are known to have died and 83 have been found alive so far, but rescue officials said between 1,500 and 2,500 might be buried in the mud.

President Gloria Arroyo ordered the coast guard and navy to the affected area, and a US vessel is on the way.

Search teams looking for the estimated 1,800 people missing after a landslide buried a village on Leyte island in the Philippines yesterday found only bodies, as rescuers warned there was now no hope of finding any more survivors from the mudslip that buried three farming villages.

By last night, 36 hours after Guinsaugon was obliterated by a 10-metre wall of mud, trees and sludge, 54 bodies had been recovered, including that of a man believed to be Rebor White, 53, a Briton who lived in the village with his wife.