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Filipino landfill worker buried alive in Manila.

Manila: Rescuers found the body of a landfill worker who was buried alive, together with three companions when a rubbish dump collapsed in Metro Manila's eastern suburban Rizal last week, a senior official said.

The body of Gary Balahibo, a backhoe operator was found inside the backhoe that was unearthed from a heap of garbage dump late Wednesday, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino confirmed on Thursday.

Rescuers are still looking for three other missing landfill workers, who were identified as Pablito Esto, Rovidico Olod and Eddie Malano, said Tolentino.

They are also feared dead following last week's collapse of the dump site in San Isidro village, Rodriguez, Rizal.

The four workers tried in vain not to be eaten up by the garbage dump when the backhoe that Balahibo operated caved in from the area's soft surface, initial reports said.

Landslide on garbage dumps occur only during rainy season, not during summer.

About 8,400 to 8,600 tonnes of Metro Manila's garbage are dumped daily on San Isidro village.

Earlier, Manila's tonnes of garbage were dumped on Smokey Mountain near Tondo district. It was dubbed as Southeast Asia's largest dump site.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Geographic Code:9PHIL
Date:Apr 26, 2013
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