Girl’s ‘miraculous’ rescue offers hope for families of dozens buried in Philippines landslide
At least five people are dead and dozens remain missing after a landslide struck a mining village in the Philippines.
(CNN) — A young girl was pulled from a deadly landslide in a “miraculous rescue” Friday, authorities in the southern Philippines said, as rescue efforts hampered by poor conditions resumed for more than 110 others who have been missing for days.
In a statement on Facebook, the Davao de Oro provincial government said at least 11 people were killed Tuesday when the landslide swept Maco, including the remote gold mining village of Masara on the island of Mindanao, following intense rains.
Rescue teams search for missing miners in Maco, Davao de Oro, Philippines on February 8, 2024. (Jeoffrey Maitem/Anadolu/Getty Images)
More than 1,100 families have been sent to evacuation centers, the provincial government said.
The girl is in a stable condition, the government added, with Davao de Oro Gov. Dorothy Gonzaga saying her rescue had provided a “sign of hope.”
Families of the missing have endured an agonizing wait for the search to restart after efforts were paused Thursday due to limited visibility and intermittent slides.
A policeman carries a baby as officials ordered mandatory evacuation from the landslide-hit village on February 8, 2024. (Jeoffrey Maitem/Anadolu/Getty Images)
The long wait for news of his missing son had become unbearable, resident Wilfredo Pilones told state broadcaster PTV on Thursday.
“The rescue is taking a long time,” he said. “They’ll get buried deeper even more.”
The region is resource-rich, with raw metals buried under sprawling mountainous highlands dotted with agricultural villages.
Aerial photos taken by the military showed huge swaths of land covered in mud along a winding river flowing across the mine and surrounding village huts.
An aerial view of the landslide in Davao de Oro province, Philippines on February 7, 2024. (Eastern Mindanao Command, Armed Forces of the Philippines/Handout/Reuters)
Among the missing, at least 45 are employees of local firm Apex Mining, which said workers waiting on buses to be shuttled out of the mine were engulfed in the landslide.
Heavy rains across Mindanao since late January have led to more than 20 deaths due to floods and landslides, the National Disaster authority said.
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