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Death toll from Davao de Oro landslide jumps to 68

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Death toll from Davao de Oro landslide jumps to 68

Philippine Army rescuers and government responders conduct search and rescue efforts in Barangay Masara, Davao de Oro on February 10, 2024.

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Disaster authorities plan to shift their focus from search and rescue to search and retrieval beginning on Tuesday, February 13

MANILA, Philippines – The death toll from a landslide in the southern Philippines has climbed to 68 as officials said on Monday, February 12, the window of finding more survivors is closing.

Rescuers were looking for 51 more people in the wake of the February 6 landslide, which struck outside a gold mine in Maco town in Davao de Oro province and buried homes and vehicles that were supposed to ferry employees of the mining company.

Disaster authorities plan to shift their focus from search and rescue to search and retrieval beginning on Tuesday, Maco town disaster officer Ariel Capoy said.

Torrential rains have battered Davao de Oro in recent weeks, triggering floods and landslides, forcing many families to flee their homes.

The United States, through the US Agency for International Development, was providing $1.25 million in humanitarian aid to the affected communities in the southern islands, its embassy in Manila said in a statement.

The US Defense Department also provided two C-130 cargo planes to help deliver food packs in the affected communities. – Rappler.com

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