MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The southern Philippines region of Davao de Oro has experienced a devastating landslide, resulting in a death toll of 54, with an additional 63 individuals reported missing, according to officials on Sunday. The disaster occurred in the mountainous village of Masara, a gold-mining community, following weeks of heavy rainfall.
The landslide struck late Tuesday night, burying residents and miners alike. The provincial government of Davao de Oro reported on social media that 54 bodies have been recovered so far. Among the survivors, 32 individuals have sustained injuries, while 63 are still unaccounted for. Notably, among the missing are gold miners who were awaiting transportation home when the disaster occurred.
Rescue operations have been complicated by adverse weather conditions and the risk of subsequent landslides. Over 1,100 families have been relocated to evacuation centers as a safety precaution, as reported by disaster response officials.
The region had been experiencing heavy rainfall for several weeks prior to the landslide. Additionally, recent seismic activity in the area has caused damage to homes and infrastructure, exacerbating the situation.