At least six killed, dozens missing in a southern Philippines landslide

Thursday, 08 February 2024 - 1:25

A landslide in a southern Philippines province killed at least six people and injured 31, burying homes and two buses carrying 27 passengers, disaster officials said on Wednesday.

The landslide happened on Tuesday night outside a gold mining site in the town of Maco in the province of Davao de Oro, where the buses were picking up employees, mining operator Apex Mining (APX.PS), opens new tab said in a separate statement.

Edward Macapili, provincial disaster official, said in a phone interview that the two buses were carrying a total of 27 passengers, and it is likely they have been included in the 46 recorded missing.

Based on the account of Apex Mining, there were four 60-seater buses and one jeep with a 36-passenger capacity waiting for the outgoing employees of the mine before the disaster struck. One bus had left, while the rest were still waiting when the landslide occurred.

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