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'Still looking for the children'
Dag Navarette. Photo taken by Justin Gosling
Dag Navarette says morale dipped when no survivors were found
Rescuers have been searching the site of Friday's devastating landslide in the central Philippines.

Rescue worker Dag Navarette told the BBC News website about efforts to locate a school where it is feared more than 200 children have been buried.

The school, as ever, is the main area of focus.

We're still looking for the children there. The sniffer dogs started to smell something in one area so we dug up that section. But then the dogs lost interest in the site and we found very little.

Today I was working in the staging area helping with the co-ordination of the rescue. I was handing out equipment such as rope, masks and gloves.

People are coming from all over the place and helping out. I was so tired, I decided to stay on the staging area today at the field command post, where everybody must log in and then go out for search.

When we started the day, morale was high and we were full of optimism. By noon, we were becoming quite depressed.

The good thing is that the mud has dried today, which makes it easier to work.

But at this very moment, past midnight, it is raining very hard again. That is bound to affect the soil

The volume and impact of the mudslide must surely mean the school has shifted ground. But this rain now could move things even further. It's a constantly changing landscape.

And it's a long journey to get there. I was assigned to escort some people to the area where serious digging work was going one.

I had to walk two kilometres to get them to the nearest point to access where we think the school might be.

Tomorrow, I hope to start on physical recovery work once again. Right now, I feel like I need a psychologist.

Aftermath of the landslide


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