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At least 25 dead in south Philippines mining landslide
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Source: BBC News

At least 25 people have been killed and 100 more are missing after a landslide struck a mining village in the southern Philippines, officials say.

The landslide occurred at about 3:00 a.m. on Thursday morning (19:00 GMT Wednesday) in Pantukan, Compostela Valley province, on Mindanao island.

Civil defence chief Benito Ramos told the BBC it was triggered by "continuous rain" over two days.

A nearby village was also hit by a landslide last year that left 14 dead.

"A military unit is in the area but they are basically digging with their hands," Mr Ramos told the AFP news agency

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