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Death toll rises to 68 after landslide in Philippines | World and Science

Search and rescue operations following a landslide in southern PhilippinesAFP / PHILIPPINE RED CROSS – DAVAO DE ORO CHAPTER

Published 02/12/2024 11:35

The number of deaths in a landslide last week in a mining town in the southern Philippines increased to 68, authorities reported this Monday (12).

Hundreds of rescuers have been involved in search efforts for nearly a week after a landslide buried part of the city of Masara on the southern island of Mindanao last Tuesday.

More than a dozen bodies were extracted from the mud on Monday and 51 people are still missing, including miners and residents, according to the latest figures released by local authorities.

A previous report reported 54 deaths and 63 missing.

“It has been almost a week since the incident occurred and… we think there are no more people alive,” said Edward Macapili, spokesman for the Davao de Oro provincial disaster management office.

“There is a nauseating smell in the area and we have to speed up extraction,” he added. An area about 50 meters deep still needs to be searched, he said.

Authorities promised to continue the search until all the missing people were found.

Landslides are common in this Southeast Asian archipelago due to its mountainous terrain, rainfall and deforestation caused by mining, agriculture or illegal logging.

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