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Girl rescued alive 3 days after deadly Philippines landslide

Bangkok, Feb 9 (EFE).- A 3-year-old girl was rescued alive on Friday, three days after a landslide buried houses and two buses transporting mining workers in the south of the Philippines, leaving at least 11 dead and about 110 missing.

Emergency teams rescued the girl on Friday and transferred her and a 2-month-old boy, reportedly suffering from severe diarrhea and whose father asked for help, to hospital in the town of Mawab, Davao de Oro province, on the southern island of Mindanao, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) said.

PRC Chairman Dick Gordon, expressed his joy at the rescue and conveyed his gratitude to the rescue teams.

“I am proud of you for your hard work and persistence to recover every missing person from the landslide,” he said.

Photographs from the PRC show the children wrapped in thermal blankets being taken by ambulance to hospital.

On Thursday afternoon the Maco disaster agency reported the latest casualty count on its Facebook page, increasing the number of missing from 46 to 110 and the number of dead from six to 11, as more bodies were found throughout the day.

More than 1,166 families have been evacuated from their homes due to the risk of landslides, the agency added.

The incident, which occurred around 7.30 pm local time (11:30 GMT) on Tuesday as a result of heavy rains that hit the region, also injured dozens of people.

Efforts continued Friday to find and rescue the missing.

According to Apex Mining, to which the affected workers belonged, the accident occurred near a mining operation where buses wait for employees.

The Civil Defense issued an alert for more rain and possible landslides on Thursday in Eastern Mindanao, while the Maco mayor’s office suspended classes in all schools due to the incident.

Since Jan. 28, the southern Philippines has been experiencing a strong rain that has caused landslides and flooding in several areas of Mindanao.

Since then, at least 18 people have been killed and another 11 injured in other incidents across the island, according to the latest report from the national disaster management agency. EFE

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