WATCH | More than 2 months since crisis began, how is Marawi?

July 29, 2017 - 7:33 AM
Smoke from fires rises behind ruined buildings in Marawi. (News5 video)

MANILA, Philippines — More than two months after clashes broke out between extremist gunmen and government forces in Marawi City, fighting continues to rage in the capital of Lanao del Sur with no certainty of when it will end.

The continuing violence prompted Congress to extend martial law, which President Rodrigo Duterte declared for 60 days over Mindanao on May 23, until the end of the year.

How extensive has the damage been to the country’s largest Islamic majority city and why are clearing operations taking so long? News5’s Kaye Imson, back after weeks covering the Marawi crisis, explains: