At least 54 dead due to landslide in south Phillipines

32 people were injured in the landslide...

In Southern Philippines the number of people killed by landslide has risen to 54, the provincial government said on Sunday, as rescue workers dug more bodies from the mud.


On Tuesday night the landslide struck near a gold mine in Maco town in the province of Davao de Oro, burying homes and vehicles ferrying employees to the site operated by Apex Mining.


Government said that 54 people had died in the landslide, raising its previous death toll of 37 earlier in the day as rescue workers found more bodies.


The tally of missing people stood at 63 people, with the provincial government saying the number remains unverified. A total of 32 people were injured in the landslide.


Edward Macapili, an official said over 300 people were involved in the rescue, but operations were being hampered by heavy rain, thick mud, and the threat of further landslides. Rescue work resumed on Sunday morning, Macapili said.


Asked if there were still survivors, Macapili said it was already "unlikely", but the search would continue.


"The rescue team is doing its best, even if it's very difficult," Macapili said.

Edited By: Arusha Farooq

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