(CMR) At least 54 people have been confirmed dead and 63 missing after a massive landslide hit a gold-mining village in the southern Philippines last week.
The landslide hit the mountain village of Masara in Davao de Oro province on Tuesday night after weeks of torrential rains.
On Sunday, Davao de Oro’s provincial government said in a Facebook post that 54 bodies had been recovered, with at least 32 residents surviving with injuries, but 63 remained missing, it stated. Among those missing were gold miners who had been waiting in two buses to be driven home when the landslide struck and buried them.
The search operation has been hampered by poor weather and fears of more landslides. The region had been hit by heavy rains and earthquakes before the landslide struck, according to officials.
Over 1,100 families were evacuated to safety in emergency shelters, according to disaster response officials.