Rescue teams clawed away at a mountainside near the remote mining town of Mankayan in the country's north, after recovering the bodies of 13 miners buried by a landslide that struck the area two days earlier.

Officials did not elaborate on how many miners were still missing in the landslide's wake."We don't really know how many more miners are missing because the numbers compiled by the police and local government do not tally," said Carasi.
    
Goni hit parts of the northern Philippines hard over the weekend, destroying nearly a thousand houses and forcing more than 12,000 people to flee, the civil defence office said. More than a dozen other people in the mountainous region were killed by landslides, surging waters and a falling tree, the civil defence office in Manila added.
    
Goni is the ninth out of an average of 20 storms that hit the Philippines each year. Packing gusts up to 252 kilometers per hour, Goni was moving just north of the main island in Japan's Okinawa island chain yesterday.
    
Five people sustained minor injuries as it brushed over Japan's Ishigakijima island, according to the country's Fire and Disaster Management Agency. It caused power outages to 21,400 households in the southern region today, Okinawa Electric Power reported.
    
Thousands in Taiwan were evacuated from outlying islands and mountainous areas as precaution, including 1,500 from the hot spring region of Wulai just outside Taipei.

 

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