5 dead, 6 missing in Leyte geothermal plant landslide

Posted at 03/01/2013 7:27 PM | Updated as of 03/02/2013 7:06 PM

MANILA -- Five people were killed and six others remain missing after two weeks of rains triggered a landslide at a geothermal plant in Kananga town, Leyte Friday morning.

The operator of the plant, Energy Development Corp. (EDC), said it is working with local authorities to rescue the missing workers.

The landslide occurred at the EDC's Pad 403 in Sitio Upper Mahiao, Barangay Lim-ao at around 9:50 a.m.

"Five are confirmed dead and we are coordinating with the families of those affected. A joint EDC-[local government unit] emergency response team is continuing the rescue of the 6 missing workers," EDC Senior Vice President Rico Bersamin said in a statement.

"All available personnel as well as company resources and equipment have already been mobilized for the rescue operations," he added.

Thirty-two other workers were injured in the incident.

The EDC said 21 were already treated in its clinic, and 11 others are still being treated at the hospital.

The company said its contractor, First Balfour, was issued a safety work permit in the area.

The EDC is under the Lopez Group of Companies, which also owns ABS-CBN Corp..

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