A landslide occurred during dawn today in Compostela Valley, first report said 16 people are dead and 100's still missing.
The landslide happened in Panutukan town where small mining activities in the area happenning. Most of the victims are those small miners who sleep and live in the area.
Panutukan Officials said living in the ares was banned but due to irregular distance from the town, officials not able to visit and check the activities.
Provincial governor Arthur Uy also said,
"Hindi natin pinapayagan... pero napakalayo ng lugar at mahirap i-monitor kung may bumabalik na mga miner doon ... I want to talk to the mayor bakit nakabalik ang minero," Uy said in a separate interview on dzBB radio.
"Sitio Diat I and II are old small-scale mining areas," he said, adding officials there already ordered the forced evacuation of residents from the area after a recent landslide there.
He also said rain had fallen on the area for at least two weeks.
"Since Dec. 16 may advisory tayo sa lahat na minahan to vacate the area," he said, adding that
"some people are really hardheaded and sneaked back despite our warnings."
National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) head Benito Ramos said that possible causes of the landslide is the heavy rain that still on going and an earthquake just happened before the dawn.