Death toll in Maco landslide rises to 11, over 100 missing

DAVAO DE ORO. Rescuers carry a body from the landslide-hit village of Masara in Maco, Davao de Oro province, southern Philippines on Thursday, February 8, 2024.
DAVAO DE ORO. Rescuers carry a body from the landslide-hit village of Masara in Maco, Davao de Oro province, southern Philippines on Thursday, February 8, 2024.AP

RESCUERS dug out more bodies from a landslide-hit village of Masara in Maco town, Davao de Oro in Mindanao on Thursday, February 8, 2024, bringing the death toll to 11 as the number of missing rose to 110, officials said.

At least 31 residents survived with injuries when the landslide hit the gold-mining mountain village on Tuesday night, February 5.

DAVAO DE ORO. Rescuers carry a body from the landslide-hit village of Masara in Maco, Davao de Oro province, southern Philippines on Thursday, February 8, 2024.
DAVAO DE ORO. Rescuers carry a body from the landslide-hit village of Masara in Maco, Davao de Oro province, southern Philippines on Thursday, February 8, 2024.AP

Army troops, police and volunteers halted their search for the missing Thursday afternoon due to fears of more landslides and will begin a “retrieval operation” Friday, February 9, Davao de Oro provincial spokesperson Edward Macapili said by telephone.

“The idea that it will be hard to find more survivors among the missing has been acknowledged,” Macapili said.

DAVAO DE ORO. Rescuers carry a body from the landslide-hit village of Masara in Maco, Davao de Oro province, southern Philippines on Thursday, February 8, 2024.
DAVAO DE ORO. Rescuers carry a body from the landslide-hit village of Masara in Maco, Davao de Oro province, southern Philippines on Thursday, February 8, 2024.AP

More than 1,165 families have been moved to evacuation centers for their safety, disaster response officials said.

Among the missing were some gold miners who had been waiting in two buses to be driven home when the landslide hit and buried the buses, Macapili said.

Several miners jumped out of the windows or dashed away and survived, he said.

Torrential rains that swamped the mountainous region in recent weeks had eased and the weather was clear when the landslide hit. Earthquakes also damaged houses and buildings in the region in recent months, officials said. (AP)

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