필리핀 중부지방에서 17일 산사태가 발생해 최소한 2백명이 사망하고 1천5백여명이 실종됐다고 적십자사 관리들이 밝혔습니다.

관계자들은 산사태로 필리핀 남부 레이테섬 생베르나르의 한 마을이 진흙에 덮였다면서, 수색 및 구조작업이 진행되면서 사망자 4명이 확인됐다고 말했습니다. 언론보도들에 따르면 이 마을에는 약 5백채의 주택이 있습니다.

관계자들은 이번 산사태가 최근 내린 폭우로 인한 것이라고 말했습니다. 레이테의 로세테 레리아스 주지사는 많은 주민들이 지난주에 산사태와 홍수 위험 때문에 대피했다가 비가 멈추기 시작하면서 다시 돌아왔다고 말했습니다.

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 Red Cross officials in the Philippines estimate that about 200 people are dead and 15 hundred others missing after a massive landslide in the eastern part of the country. Officials say the landslide buried at least one village near the town of St. Bernard in the southern part of Leyte island today (Friday).

Ten people are confirmed dead. Philippine President Gloria Arroyo has deployed the country's military for search, rescue and recovery efforts. But authorities say they are having difficulty reaching the affected area because the landslide has blocked roads. Navy ships and helicopters have been deployed.

 Local Philippine television (ANC) reports several hundred houses in the village have been buried under tons of mud and rock that came down from a nearby mountain. Officials say heavy rains in the past two weeks probably caused the landslide.

Leyte Governor Rosette Lerias says many residents evacuated the area last week due to the threat of landslides and flooding, but returned home when the rain began to subside. Like much of the eastern Visayas island group, Leyte has experienced heavy rain for about 10 days. More than 20 people were killed in landslides earlier this week on the island.