Cagayan flash floods claim more lives

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — The local government here announced that it has recorded two more fatalities following the series of flooding here, raising the number of casualties to three.

According to the LGU on Thursday, records from the City Social Welfare and Development Office identified the two victims as Isabelo Oclarit and Simeona Baguio, both residents of Barangay Bugo.
Oclarit’s body was found by rescuers on Wednesday morning in the boundary of Tagoloan town, Misamis Oriental province.

Baguio’s death, meanwhile, was deemed “circumstantial” as her demise was mainly caused by cardiac arrest.

On Monday, flash floods caused by inclement weather swept Barangays Bugo and Puerto here. Artemio Gonzales, 61, a resident of Bugo, died in his residence after drowning in floodwater while attempting to salvage some of his properties.

On Wednesday evening, flooding caused by the localized thunderstorm also swamped parts of Barangay Gusa, Tablon and Cugman.

Ben Cyrus Ellorin, a City Hall communications consultant, said Mayor Rolando Uy and officials of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management are already in talks to revisit the city’s DRRM plans.

All over Northern Mindanao, the Regional Risk Reduction Management Council-10 has recorded 11,834 individuals or 2,438 families affected by floods.

Aside from this city, other areas affected were the towns of Tagoloan and Malitbog in Bukidnon province.

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