Landslide death toll in Pantukan now at 32

MANILA, Philippines – Death toll from the landslide incident in the mining town Pantukan, Campostela Valley went up to thirty on Sunday with 45 others still missing, military reports said.

The death toll went-up after search and rescue teams recovered three more bodies from beneath the heaps of mud in gold planning area in Brgy. Napnapan of said town, military reports said.

Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom), spokesman, Colonel Leopoldo Galon, identified the recovered bodies as Jenemy Maombad, Glen Evangelio and Michael Noquira.

Two more bodies were also recovered by search and rescue teams on late Sunday afternoon, reports said.

The military official added that of the 32 bodies recovered or retrieved, only five of them still remain unidentified while troops have already rescued 16 survivors with 45 other persons still missing.

Teams from the military and local police along with some groups of local small-scale miners, are still conducting search and rescue operations for the missing landslides victims.

The military official added that Usec. Benito Ramos, chief of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) arrived in the area on Saturday and distributed financial assistance to victims.

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