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In pictures: Philippines mudslide

Survivor at the scene of the mudslide

This woman is one of few people pulled out alive after a massive mudslide buried an entire village in the central Philippines.

General view of mudslide area

The mudslide followed 10 days of heavy rains, and a reported minor earthquake.

Rescue workers at the scene of the mudslide

Television images showed a wide swathe of mud where houses once stood in Guinsaugon, in the town of St Bernard on the island of Leyte.

Survivor at the scene

Only 83 people have been found alive, and 19 dead, but Red Cross and military officials say between 1,500 and 2,500 may still be buried.

Rescue operations at the scene

President Gloria Arroyo has ordered the coast guard and navy to the island of Leyte, and a US vessel is on the way.

Rescue workers

Rescue workers and volunteers dug with shovels for survivors, but their efforts were halted by fears of further slides.

Survivor at the scene

An army captain, leading a team of 30 rescuers, said his soldiers were sinking into the mud.

A survivor at the scene

President Arroyo has urged her compatriots to "pray for those who perished and were affected by this tragedy".

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