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A miracle... a girl was saved from a mudslide in the Philippines after 60 hours of searching

In an incident described as a miracle, relief workers found a little girl today, Friday, more than 60 hours after a landslide struck a gold mining village in the southern Philippines, leaving hundreds missing.

The girl, whose age has not been revealed, was among more than 100 people missing after a rain-triggered landslide hit the village, killing at least 11 people.

She was found while rescuers were using their bare hands and shovels to search for survivors in Masara village on the southern island of Mindanao, said Edward Makabili, an official with the Davao de Oro Provincial Disaster Management Agency.

"It's a miracle," Makabele said, adding that rescuers believed the missing people might have died.

“This gives hope to rescuers, because usually a child’s resilience is less than that of an adult,” he said.

The landslide occurred on Tuesday night, destroying homes and sweeping away three buses and a jeep waiting to transport workers from a gold mine.

Official figures showed that at least 11 people were killed and 31 others were injured, while more than 100 are still missing.

Rescuers are racing against time and the weather to find anyone else alive amid the thick mud as rain falls on the area.

Source: AFP - Publication date: 09.02.2024


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