TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Six people were killed and dozens are missing after a landslide unleashed by monsoon rains struck in the central Philippines Thursday, inflicting more misery on the already storm-battered nation.
The new tragedy comes just days after 2018's most powerful storm, Typhoon Mangkhut, pounded the nation's north with heavy winds and rain, sparking a separate landslide that left dozens dead.
Emergency workers in helmets and locals with shovels rushed to search for survivors of the new disaster, which happened in the village of Tina-an on the popular tourist island of Cebu.
Days of heavy monsoon rains caused a steep slope of crumbly limestone to collapse and crash into at least 10 homes early Thursday when many people would still have been in bed.
Injured survivors were wheeled into the back of ambulances and the dead were laid on pews at a local church.
'There are 64 missing. Six are confirmed dead. Nine were injured... these are minor injuries,' civil defense spokesman Julius Regner told AFP.
'There are more than 100 rescuers on the site. They are using backhoes (excavators) and other heavy equipment,' he added.