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Several persons feared dead due to recent flooding

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UPDATED: January 16, 2018, 10:30 AM — The missing fisherman, Pedong Caratay was found dead yesterday in Brgy. Bahay, San Policarpo. Governor Picardal will be in Jipapad today to bring initial food relief.

BORONGAN, January 15, 2018–One person has been reported dead, 4 missing and hundreds evacuated due to flooding caused by heavy rains experienced in the province over the weekend.

Based on the latest report of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, an 11 year old boy, Ervin Rodriguez of Bgy. Libertad in Maslog town died last Saturday night. According to the report, he was removing a bulb from its socket when he was electrocuted and fell to floodwaters and drowned.

In San Policarpo, 4 fishermen went missing after they went out to sea despite the bad weather. The four were aboard two motorboats when big waves hit them causing the boats to capsize. Yesterday afternoon, one of the missing identified as Jojo Placiente was rescued in Bgy. Cabatoan, Palapag Northern Samar. The three others, identified as Etoy Mila, Lorenzo Picardal and Pedong Caratay are still missing and the subject of search and rescue by authorities.

One fisherman is also missing in Arteche. Ben Candido Jr., 32 years old and his companion Elvis Baje, 42,left last January 11 to go fishing when their boat capsized. Baje, survived but Candido is still missing.

Meanwhile, the local disaster office of Maydolong reported that 833 families were evacuated, in Maslog, a total of 45 families from Bgy. Libertad and Bgys 1 and 2 were evacuated, while 140 individuals in Jipapad were taken to safer grounds.

In Dolores, the municipal disaster office said that 18 barangays, most of them along the Dolores river were flooded. Reports said that flood waters were a meter high in residential areas. Around 90% of rice crops, mostly at the early reproductive growth stage are under water for almost 3 days now.

The PDRRMO chief, Josefina Titong advised LGU’s to be on alert and warn residents especially those living in flood and landslide prone areas to be on guard.

Weather bureau Pagasa said that the incessant rains was caused by the tail end of a cold front affecting the Visayas and Mindanao. (Eden Cidro/Este News)

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