13 Japanese rescued from flooded cave in Sagada


Posted at Aug 19 2013 05:34 PM | Updated as of Aug 20 2013 01:34 AM

MANILA - Thirteen Japanese people have been rescued from a flooded cave in Sagada, a small town 275 kilometers northwest of the capital Manila, police said Monday.

The police said the 13 were among 29 foreign and local tourists and guides who were trapped when part of Sumaguing Cave caved in on Sunday when water in an underground river swelled.

The Japanese, in their 20s and 30s, are in the Philippines for language study.

Sagada, famous for its underground caves with unusual limestone formations and hanging coffins, is a popular destination for foreign and local tourists.

Heavy rain had been falling on parts of the main island of Luzon, including Metro Manila, since Sunday, causing massive flooding in Manila and other areas of Luzon.