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7 killed after landslide buried 2 buses in Philippines

Wed 07 Feb 2024 | 08:38 PM
Basant Ahmed

At least seven people have been killed and 48 others are missing after a landslide buried two buses carrying passengers in the southern Philippines, Sky News reported. 

The incident on Tuesday happened close to a gold mining site in the mountain area of Masara, situated in the town of Maco in Davao de Oro province.

Among the missing were 27 miners who had been waiting in two buses to begin their journey home when the landslide buried both vehicles, Davao de Oro provincial spokesperson Edward Macapili said.

Officials said workers were being collected in four 60-seater buses along with a jeep, which had a capacity for 36 passengers.

The vehicles had been picking up employees of Apex Mining - one bus had already left the scene to begin its journey at the time of the disaster, they added.

Several miners jumped out of bus windows to escape the landslide.

The search for survivors resumed on Wednesday after it was suspended overnight due to fears of more landslides, officials said.

More than 750 families have been moved to evacuation centres.

The recent extreme conditions had started to ease in the days before the latest landslide, said Mr Macapili.

He added: "It happened so fast. They suddenly saw the landslide cascading directly toward them."