Philippine landslide shows poor often live in danger’s path

  • In this Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, photo provided by Itogon Philippine National Police, police officers and members of the Bureau of Fire and Protection, talk to Edwin Banawol, center in yellow shirt, a leader of a mining group, to convince him and the other miners to abandon the bunkhouse which also serves as their chapel and evacuate to safety as Typhoon Mangkhut approaches northeastern Philippines. Police Senior Inspector Heherson Zambale told the AP that he and other authorities were persuading a village leader Banawol, to leave that high-risk mountainside area Friday, Sept. 14, with dozens of mostly small-scale gold miners and their families to a safer evacuation camp in northern Itogon town as the powerful typhoon approached. Banawol and other villagers refused to leave immediately. Banawol’s body was among more than a dozen dug up by rescuers in the avalanche in Itogon in Benguet province, with more than 50 more missing, Zambale said. (Itogon Philippine National Police via AP)

  • In this photo Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, photo provided by Itogon Philippine National Police, police officers and members of the Bureau of Fire and Protection, talk to Edwin Banawol, center in yellow shirt, a leader of a mining group, to convince him and the other miners to abandon the bunkhouse which also serves as their chapel and evacuate to safety as Typhoon Mangkhut approaches northeastern Philippines. Police Senior Inspector Heherson Zambale told the AP that he and other authorities were persuading a village leader Banawol, to leave that high-risk mountainside area Friday, Sept. 14, with dozens of mostly small-scale gold miners and their families to a safer evacuation camp in northern Itogon town as the powerful typhoon approached. Banawol and other villagers refused to leave immediately. Banawol’s body was among more than a dozen dug up by rescuers in the avalanche in Itogon, with more than 50 more missing, Zambale said.(Itogon Philippine National Police via AP)

  • In this photo provided by Itogon Philippine National Police, police officers and members of the Bureau of Fire and Protection, talk to Edwin Banawol (partly seen at center in yellow shirt), a leader of a mining group, to convince him and the other miners to abandon the bunkhouse which also serves as their chapel and evacuate to safety on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, as Typhoon Mangkhut approaches northeastern Philippines. Police Senior Inspector Heherson Zambale told the AP that he and other authorities were persuading a village leader Banawol, to leave that high-risk mountainside area Friday, Sept. 14, with dozens of mostly small-scale gold miners and their families to a safer evacuation camp in northern Itogon town as the powerful typhoon approached. Banawol and other villagers refused to leave immediately. Banawol’s body was among more than a dozen dug up by rescuers in the avalanche in Itogon, with more than 50 more missing, Zambale said.(Itogon Philippine National Police via AP)

  • In this Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, photo provided by Itogon Philippine National Police, police officers and members of the Bureau of Fire and Protection, talk to Edwin Banawol, center in yellow shirt, a leader of a mining group, to convince him and the other miners to abandon the bunkhouse which also serves as their chapel, background, right, and evacuate to safety on as Typhoon Mangkhut approaches northeastern Philippines. Police Senior Inspector Heherson Zambale told the AP that he and other authorities were persuading a village leader Banawol, to leave that high-risk mountainside area Friday, Sept. 14, with dozens of mostly small-scale gold miners and their families to a safer evacuation camp in northern Itogon town as the powerful typhoon approached. Banawol and other villagers refused to leave immediately. Banawol’s body was among more than a dozen dug up by rescuers in the avalanche in Itogon, with more than 50 more missing, Zambale said.(Itogon Philippine National Police via AP)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2018, file photo, Pio Badangayon cries while seeing the body of her son-in-law Edwin Banawol after it was retrieved by rescuers at the site where victims are believed to have been buried by a landslide after Typhoon Mangkhut lashed Itogon, Benguet province, northern Philippines. Senior Inspector Heherson Zambale, told the AP that he and other officials were trying to persuade village leader Banawol to evacuate the high-risk mountainside area on Friday, Sept. 14, with dozens of mostly small-scale gold miners and their families. Banawol and the other villagers refused. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)

  • FIEL - In this Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, file photo, Philippine Police Senior Inspector Heherson Zambale walks at the site where victims are believed to be buried in a landslide set off by Typhoon Mangkhut as it lashed across Itogon, Benguet province, northern Philippines. Zambale, who tried to persuade residents of a mining camp to move to safety as a powerful typhoon approached said Tuesday they refused to leave, and a day later the storm triggered a huge landslide that buried dozens of people. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)

ITOGON, Philippines — They’re eerie photographs, probably the final images of a few Filipino villagers standing placidly outside low-slung buildings a day before the green mountainside behind them collapsed on that spot. The massive landslide buried dozens of poor miners and their families as Typhoon Mangkhut rampaged across the country’s north.

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