Death toll from Philippine landslide rises to 92, search continues

February 16, 2024 - 7:49 AM
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Philippine Army rescuers search the rubble at the ground zero of the landslide-hit mining community in Barangay Masara, Davao de Oro on February 10, 2024. (Philippine Army/Facebook)

The death toll from a landslide in the southern Philippines has risen to 92 as the search for missing people continues, officials said on Thursday.

Provincial officials said 36 people were still unaccounted for after the landslide struck the town of Maco in the Davao de Oro province on Feb. 6.

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

The U.S. military and the Philippines armed forces have been helping with relief operations for communities affected by the landslide.

— Reporting by Karen Lema, Editing by Timothy Heritage