A massive landslide has buried dozens of homes near a central Philippine mountain, killing at least 21 people and sending rescuers scrambling to find survivors after some sent text messages pleading for help.
The slide surged down on about 30 houses in two rural villages after daybreak in Naga city in Cebu province, city police chief Roderick Gonzales said by telephone as he helped supervise the search-and-rescue operation.
Naga city Mayor Kristine Vanessa Chiong said at least 64 people remained missing.
According to The Freeman, a Cebu-based newspaper, at least 15 people suffered injuries following the incident.
Some victims managed to send messages from their mobile phones after the landslide hit, Gonzales said, adding elderly women and a child were among the dead.
The landslide hit while several northern Philippine provinces were still dealing with deaths and widespread damage wrought by Typhoon Mangkhut, which pummeled the agricultural region on Saturday, and left at least 88 people dead and more than 60 missing.