Landslide hits village in the southern Philippines, leaving at least 6 dead and 46 others missing

Feb 7, 2024

MANILA: A landslide in a southern gold mining village has killed at least six villagers and left 46 others missing, including two miners waiting for buses to go home. philippinesofficials said on Wednesday.
Army soldiers, police and volunteers rescue 31 villagers who were injured when landslides hit a hilly village Masara In the remote town of Maco Davao de oro Province Tuesday night. Officials said they resumed the search on Wednesday morning after suspending the search the night before due to fears of more landslides.
Disaster response officials said more than 750 families have been moved to evacuation centers since the landslide.
According to the Davao de Oro provincial spokesman, the missing included 27 miners who were waiting to go home in two parked buses when they were hit by a landslide in clear weather. Edward Macapilli Said.
Eight of the miners who were waiting jumped from the bus windows or were thrown away and survived.
The third bus had already left. macapili Said.
He said intermittent torrential rains that had been lashing the region in recent weeks had subsided and the weather had been clear in the past three days.
“It happened very fast,” Macapili said by telephone. “They suddenly saw the landslide coming straight towards them.”
Regional military spokeswoman Colonel Rosa Rosette-Manuel said by telephone that the three seriously injured victims would be evacuated by helicopter.
Earthquakes in recent months have damaged buildings in the southeastern region and floods and landslides have killed more than a dozen villagers in recent weeks, according to disaster response officials.
Last month, a landslide buried a house in the town of Moncayo in Davao de Oro state and killed 10 people, officials said.

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