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  • Updated: February 07, 2024

Landslides kill 10, 50 missing in Philippines, Georgia

Landslides kill 10,  50 missing in Philippines, Georgia

Devastating landslides, triggered by heavy rains, have wrought havoc in the Philippines and Georgia, resulting in loss of 10 lives and 50 individuals missing, reports said on Wednesday.

In Georgia, tragedy struck the village of Nergeti, claiming four lives and leaving five individuals missing after a landslide struck in the early hours of Wednesday.

The landslide prompted immediate search and rescue efforts as authorities race against time to locate the missing individuals.

Georgia, known for its rugged terrain and susceptibility to heavy rains, faces recurring threats of landslides, underscoring the urgent need for comprehensive disaster preparedness and mitigation measures.

Expressing condolences, Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili conveyed her deep sorrow over the tragic loss of life. "I offer my condolences to the families of victims and hope that those missing will soon be found," she stated.

In the Philippines, the toll stands at six confirmed deaths, with 40 individuals still unaccounted for, following a landslide near a gold-mining site in the town of Maco, Davao De Oro province.

The disaster, which occurred Tuesday evening, engulfed two buses carrying workers and several residential structures, prompting urgent search and rescue operations amid challenging conditions.

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