Dozens Buried in Chapel Likely Dead After Typhoon Mangkhut Landslide | 9/19/2018 | Staff
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(Screenshot: NBC News)Relief work in Itogon town, Philippines, after Typhoon Mangkhut hit on September 15, 2018.

Officials fear that dozens of miners and their families who were buried inside a chapel in the Philippines after Typhoon Mangkhut hit on Saturday are all dead.

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Victorio Palangdan, the mayor of Itogon town, said that although rescue workers are digging through mounds of mud, rock, and debris, there is a "99 percent" chance that all inside the chapel are dead.

The Times reported that more than 40 bodies have been recovered in the landslide triggered by the typhoon, with officials saying that 61 people in total from a nearby gold mine are either dead or missing.

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NBC News added that the landslide that hit the chapel buried much of the remote community.

Local miner Roel Ulani said that community members are risking their lives to try and dig out those buried, including those in the chapel.

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"We have to try," Ulani said. "We have to try to return these people to their families."


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As the conditions have blocked roads, however, rescue workers do not have much hope when it comes to getting heavy equipment into the valley to help in the efforts.

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