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Officials Say Death Toll Could Reach 1,800 in Philippines Landslide


Officials in the Philippines say the death toll in a massive landslide that buried the village of Guinsaugon on eastern Leyte island early Friday could top 1,800.

Authorities say rescuers found only 57 people alive and the chances of finding more survivors are dim. At least 46 bodies have been recovered so far.

Hopes were raised Saturday, when President Gloria Arroyo passed along reports that electronic text messages had been received from survivors buried in a village school house. But those reports could not be confirmed and no survivors were found at the school.

Officials say rescue efforts are being hampered by continuous rain, blocked roads and unstable mud.

President Arroyo has deployed the military for rescue and recovery efforts. Several countries, including the United States, are supplying monetary and military aid.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.