FIVE people, including four children, died and another child went missing after they were swept by flash flood that hit several areas in the nearby province of Zamboanga del Norte.
Senior Superintendent Edwin Buenaventura Wagan, Zamboanga del Norte police director, identified the fatalities as Lean Denise, 5; Arann Zurc, 3; and Christine Etam, 7, all of Roxas town; Jomar Rivera, 14, of Katipunan; and Dominador Meraveles, 80, of Manukan.
Wagan said their bodies were recovered Tuesday in separate areas.
He identified the missing person as Jeremie Tawat, seven years old and a resident of Barangay Mate, Manukan, Zamboanga del Norte. Efforts are ongoing to locate the missing girl.
In this video taken by Lilibeth Magsayo and posted in her Facebook account, floodwaters rage along a bridge in Linay, Manukan, Zamboanga del Norte.
Facebook user Rhea Marie Martinez posted a photo Monday, January 16, of residents along the shorelines of Manukan amid the pouring rain and strong waves.
Wagan said the municipalities of Roxas and Jose Dalman have been declared under state of calamity due to severe damage caused by the flash flood.
Roxas Mayor Jan Henrick Vallecer said that P100-million worth of agricultural products, livestock and properties were destroyed.
Jose Dalman Mayor Rachel Ferrater said they have yet to determine the worth of destruction caused by the flash flood in the town.
In Zamboanga City, Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has cautioned the public to take necessary precautions for the safety and protection of lives and properties amid the inclement weather brought about by the low pressure area.
Salazar advised the people residing along riverbanks and low-lying areas prone to flooding and other rain-related incidents to heed the advice of authorities, as heavy rains and flooding are expected.
Salazar likewise directed the different Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils to closely monitor the situation in their respective areas and to initiate measures before anything serious happens.
She also alerted the City Disaster Risk Reduction and management Office and other departments and agencies concerned of possible emergencies due to the inclement weather.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council issued early Tuesday morning a heavy rainfall warning, stressing that Mindanao area, particularly Zamboanga Peninsula, will experience heavy rainfall and that flooding is expected.(SunStar Philippines)