MANILA - At least 50 people are missing after a landslide buried some 20 houses in Naga City in Cebu, a local official said Thursday.
Some 5 people who were trapped in their homes were killed after a portion of the mountain collapsed early Thursday morning after hours of heavy rains.
"We are looking at 50 to 80 persons ang hinahanap as of now (We are looking for 50 to 80 people)," Naga City Councilor Carmelino Cruz Jr. said in an interview on ANC's Dateline Philippines.
Rescuers are digging through the mud using their hands and some light equipment as the area is not yet stable, Cruz said.
"'Yung ground natin (The ground) is still shaky. Every now and then we could still hear vibrations from the ground," he said.
"We are trying to strike a balance between saving as many lives as possible and at the same time ensuring the safety nung mga nagre-rescue (of the rescuers)," he said.
The mountain that collapsed covers 5 barangays of Naga City.
Some 300 families have sought refuge in an evacuation center.
The incident happened 4 days after Typhoon Ompong slammed Northern Luzon with strong winds and heavy rains, and intensified the southwest monsoon in Visayas and Mindanao.