IP - The death toll from a landslide at a gold-mining village in the southern Philippines rose to 68 on Monday, as rescue teams abandoned hope of finding any more survivors.

Iran PressIran news: After a week of efforts by a group of hundred rescuers equipped to all means, thre is no hope of finding any survivors from last Tuesday's landslide that hit the mountainous Masara village on Mindanao island.

More than a dozen bodies were pulled from the mud on Monday, with 51 people still missing, including mine workers and villagers.

A three-year-old girl was pulled alive from under the rubble on Friday, in what rescuers described as a "miracle".

The landslide buried three buses and a jeepney waiting for employees of a gold mining firm and 55 nearby houses, leaving 32 other people injured.

Authorities have vowed to continue the search until all those missing are recovered.

Landslides are a frequent hazard across much of the archipelago nation due to the mountainous terrain, heavy rainfall, and widespread deforestation from mining, slash-and-burn farming, and illegal logging.

Rain has pounded parts of Mindanao on and off for weeks, triggering dozens of landslides and floods that have forced tens of thousands of people into emergency shelters.

Massive earthquakes have also destabilized the region in recent months.


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