Rain halts Philippine rescue efforts

 Rescue efforts in quake-hit central Philippines were hampered on Thursday due to heavy rains, even as 30 bodies have been recovered from the rubble in the region.

Rains in the Philippines city of Guihulngan forced rescuers to stop the search for survivors, as the weather department said the rains could continue till Sunday due to an approaching low pressure area.

The rescuers had recovered 30 bodies from the rubble of the quake-triggered landslide in Guihulngan in Negros Oriental area of the Central Philippines when the search was temporarily stopped.

The rain could last through the weekend because of an approaching low pressure area (LPA), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said. Guihulngan Mayor Ernesto Reyes said the rescuers were also at risk because there were aftershocks almost every hour and the soil softened by the rain could trigger a landslide.

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