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Oct 9, 2009 9:32 AM by Associated Press

Philippine mudslides, floods kill more than 160

Officials say rescuers have retrieved more than 160 dead from dozens of landslides that buried villages and cut off towns in the rain-soaked northern Philippines.

About 450 people have been killed in the country's worst flooding in 40 years after back-to-back storms started pounding the country's north Sept. 26.

Officials in the two worst-hit provinces say more than 160 people have died in Benguet and Mountain Province along the Cordillera mountain range, about 125 miles (200 kilometers) north of Manila.

Gov. Nestor Fongwan says the fatalities include 120 in Benguet, while Mountain Province Gov. Max Dalog put the death toll in his region to 23. Another 25 people died in Baguio city.

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