Friday 31 May 2013

Four children feared dead after after Philippine Landslide.

Four children are feared to have died after a house in which they were playing was  buried by a landslide in Sayao Village in Zamboanga Province, on Mindanao Island in the Philippines. The incident occurred at about 2.30 pm local time (6.30 am GMT) on Tuesday 28 May 2013, when the abandoned property was hit by a slide of mud, soil and rock, covering it completely. After two days of searching none of the children have been located, leasing to fears that they have died. The incident occurred following heavy rains.

The approximate location of the 28 May 2013 landslide. Google Maps.

Landslides are a common problem after severe weather events, as excess pore water pressure overcomes the sediments cohesion and allows it to flow downhill. Approximately 90% of all landslides are caused by heavy rainfall.

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