Philippines: Typhoon Mangkhut death toll jumps as landslide traps dozens

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The number of people killed by Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines jumped to 49 on Sunday, police said, as more landslide victims were discovered.

Police spokesman Benigno Durana released updated figures showing the number of dead had risen from the previous reported toll of 30.

A Philippine police officer said at least 40 people, mostly gold miners, are feared to have been trapped in a landslide in the country's north and seven bodies have been dug out by rescuers.

Police Superintendent Pelita Tacio tells The Associated Press that a part of a mountain slope collapsed on the miners' bunkhouses in a far-flung village of Itogon town in Benguet province as Typhoon Mangkhut's ferocious winds and rain pounded the gold-mining region on Saturday.

Tacio, who was at the scene of the landslide earlier Sunday, says rescuers found another man but could not immediately pluck his body, which was pinned by rocks and mud.

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