MANILA A landslide following days of heavy rain in the central Philippines has killed a one-year-old baby and his five-year-old sister while another child has been rescued.

Civil defence administrator Benito Ramos says about 1,000 residents of St. Bernard township on Leyte Island have sought shelter at a gymnasium and nearby schools after the landslide hit on Sunday.

He said on Monday that one seven-year-old boy who survived was pulled out from the debris about five hours later by a team of local officials, police and soldiers. His condition is unknown.

The area is prone to landslides and was the scene of one of the Philippines’ worst disasters in February 2006 when a mudslide buried an entire village with more than 1,000 people in Guinsaugon.

More In: International | News