Disasters & Accidents

Death toll rises to 37 from landslide in southern Philippines

Bangkok, Feb 10 (EFE).- The number of casualties from a recent landslide in the Philippines amounted to 27 dead and 32 injured, while 63 remained missing, the authorities said Sunday.

The landslide occurred on Tuesday and buried two buses of a mining company and several houses in Maco area on the island of Mindanao, in the south of the country.

The latest figures were released by the Maco municipal authorities in a statement on Facebook, which added that emergency teams were working in the mud with no hope of finding more survivors.

On Friday, emergency teams located and rescued a three-year-old girl and a baby, a boy just two months old, and immediately took them to the hospital in Mawab town, South Davao province.

According to the company Apex Mining, which employed the affected workers, the accident happened near a mining operation where the buses were waiting for employees.

The southern Philippines has been experiencing heavy rains since Jan. 28, causing landslides and flooding in several areas of Mindanao, including Davao province.

Since then, at least 18 people have been killed and another 11 injured in other incidents in the island, according to the latest report of the NDRRMC. EFE


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