3 swept to death by rampaging river-A A +A
Monday, July 16, 2012
MANILA — Officials said a pregnant woman and two girls have been swept to their deaths by a rain-swollen river in the southern Philippines.
Office of Civil Defense Administrator Benito Ramos said the three were washing clothes along the bank of the Safali river in Tiboli town in South Cotabato province on Saturday when the water rapidly rose and the current swept them away.
He said their bodies were found downstream.
Ramos said Sunday that pounding rains poured down a nearby mountain and swamped the river, catching the three by surprise.
At least 20 storms are expected to lash the Philippines during the current rainy season. (AP)