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Hope fades for survivors in Philippines

Rescue teams have given up hope of finding survivors in a building buried by a landslide in the northern Philippines.

Around 30 people are still trapped in a local government department’s headquarters in the province of Mountain on Luzon island.

Rescue teams have so far found eight bodies following the landslide, which was triggered by Typhoon Yutu as it lashed the island on Tuesday.

Natonin Mayor Mateo Chiyawan told reporters on Wednesday that those who were still missing are considered dead as there seemed to be no possibility of them having survived.

The building was the headquarters of the Provincial Department of Public Works, where dozens of people had taken refuge from the intense rains and strong winds that accompanied Yutu.

Most of those missing were workers and engineers who had been supervising ongoing construction work at the building.

In Natonin, another landslide buried a house, leading to the death of a 40-year old man.

In Banaue in Ifugao province, a landslide killed a 48-year-old man and three of his children, aged eight to 12 years old, the Provincial Centre for National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management reported.

More than 53,000 people remain in 780 evacuation centres in different provinces of the island, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Yutu passed through the country on Tuesday with sustained winds of 140 kilometres per hour and gusts that reached 230km/h.

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