One dead, four missing in Philippine landslide: police

MANILA, Sept 11, 2010 (AFP) - A landslide triggered by heavy rain killed one person and left four others missing in the southern Philippines, police and rescuers said Saturday.

Six other people were injured and more than 200 were forced to flee their homes when the landslip dislodged several houses near Koronadal City late Friday, said regional police spokesman Chief Inspector Jomar Alexis Yap.

"The village has been ordered evacuated," Yap told reporters by telephone.

The social welfare ministry is caring for 70 families, in total more than 200 people, who sought refuge at a nearby school, he added.

Rescuers have retrieved one body and are still looking for the four people missing from the village, which is located at the foot of a mountain, the civil defence office said.

Flashfloods damaged six other houses and displaced about 210 other people in other areas of Koronadal and the nearby town of Tupi, the government agency said.

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