MANILA, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from a landslide in the southern Philippines has risen to 37, the government said Sunday, as rescue workers comb mud and rubble in search for the over 60 missing people.
The landslide hit the mountain town of Maco in Davao de Oro province on the evening of Feb. 6, burying several homes, vehicles and dozens of people.
Previous reports said 35 people were found dead.
Rescuers are racing against time to find the 63 missing people and for possible survivors from the landslide triggered by days of nonstop rain.
The World Risk Index 2022 put the Philippines at the number one spot for the most disaster-prone countries in the world.
Located in the Pacific "Ring of Fire," the archipelago is frequently battered by powerful typhoons, triggering flash floods and landslides, and rocked by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. ■