Mudslide buries village in Tubod, Lanao del Norte

Reuters

Posted at Dec 22 2017 11:24 PM

MANILA - A mudslide triggered by heavy rain has buried dozens of houses in a farming community in the southern Philippines, local disaster officials said on Friday.

Soldiers and emergency workers rushed to a remote village in the Tubod region in Lanao del Norte province, expecting to find casualties from landslides and massive flooding, local disaster official Roy Secuya told journalists.

"We have no contact with village officials because power and communications lines were down due to a tropical storm," Secuya said. "There were unconfirmed reports of deaths but we still do not have the numbers."

Heavy equipment was being sent to the area, he added.

Tropical storm Vinta (international name Tembin) has weakened after hitting land on the island of Mindanao. 

Local officials said seven people had been killed by flooding in Lanao del Sur province.