A serious landslide occurred near a gold mining area in the southern Philippines. Local officials said today that the death toll had suddenly risen to 54.
Mako city officials and provincial disaster official Randy Loy said 19 bodies were found today under debris in the southern mountain village of Masara, along with 63 other people, Agence France-Presse reported. The whereabouts of the miners and residents are still unknown.
A landslide that occurred on the evening of the 6th buried a bus stop used to transport gold mining company employees, as well as 55 nearby houses, and injured 32 other people.
On the 9th, a 3-year-old girl was rescued from the debris. Rescue workers described his survival as a “miracle”.
Authorities vowed to continue the search until all missing persons on the list were found.