at leastSeven people were killed and 31 others were injured. due to a landslide registered in the town Filipino from Maco, located in the province of Davao de Oro (south). There are still 48 people missing after the incident.
The authorities specified that, although they achieved successfully rescued 31 people, another 48 are still missing, of which at least 20 are trapped inside their vehicles.
The rescue operation in the Philippines
“There are 758 families in evacuation centers,” the provincial government highlighted in a message on its account on the social network Facebook, the agency stated. Europa Press. He stated that “the rescue operation continues” and ask the population to “be careful” and “pray for those affected by the incident.”
The Philippine Army specified that The landslide buried dozens of mine workers already residents in the town of Maco, which is located in a mountainous area.
The people who were trapped by the avalanche
The Apex Mining company estimated the number of workers who were in the vicinity at 86 and that they could have been affected, according to the spokesperson of the Eastern Mindanao Command, Rosa María Manuel, as reported by the newspaper Inquirer. The province, located on the island of Mindanao, was the scene of heavy rains since the end of January due to the monsoon and a low pressure area.
Floods and landslides left at least 18 dead and more than 1.1 million victims since January 28, including some 800,000 displaced people, according to data published on its website by the National Council for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction.