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67 bodies, 4 body parts recovered in Davao de Oro landslide —LGU

The municipal government of Davao de Oro on Tuesday said that there are now 67 bodies and four "body parts" that have been recovered in the Maco landslide.

“We have a total of retrieved bodies and body parts, 71. So, ang unidentified bodies naman natin there is a total of 17 (We have a total 71 retrieved bodies and body parts. So 17 were unidentified),” said Leah Añora of the management of the dead and the missing cluster.

“So, we have complete bodies a total of 67. Yung body parts natin we have four (So we have 67 complete bodies. We have four body parts),” she added.

Añora said 47 people were still missing.

Authorities on Monday said 68 people are confirmed to have died from the deadly landslides.

On February 6, the landslide caused by inclement weather hit around four barangays, burying some houses, a barangay hall, and the terminal of a bus company.

A large number of those who perished were passengers of two buses that were buried underneath the landslide. It was filled with employees of a mining company who had just finished their work shift and were returning to their homes when the landslide occurred.

A total of 6,356 people or 1,637 families were staying in 13 evacuation centers due to the landslide, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Tuesday.

Provincial officials are currently searching for acceptable areas for the temporary and permanent relocation sites of the affected residents.

Assistance worth P818,158,835 has been provided to the victims, according to the NDRRMC. —VAL, GMA Integrated News