River dike in General Nakar, Quezon collapses, killing one and trapping five others

CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna — Philex Mining Corp. readied professional divers for search and rescue operation on the remaining five people trapped in a dike along Sumag River in Sub-village Angelo, Uriray Village, General Nakar, Quezon that collapsed during a flashflood last Saturday at the height of Southwest Monsoon rain.

The Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Calabarzon stationed here reported Monday that the increased volume of water due to the Southwest Monsoon rain caused the dike along Sumag River to collapse with seven people initially trapped.

A certain Salvador Pacling was reported rescued by Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) workers, together with the local rescuers while one unidentified person was retrieved dead with five persons remained trapped.

Reported persons to be rescued were: David Guiagui Jr.; Roland Sanchez; Danny Harnois ;Simion Sig-Od ; and Ferdie Sanadan.

Meanwhile, the OCD Calabarzon reported that Isagani Borac, 34, volunteer village guard and his two sons were carried by the strong current of flood water while picking trash in San Juan Exodus Village, Cainta, Rizal on Sunday.

The Cainta Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (DRRMO) personnel were still conducting SAR on the missing persons.

Moreover, OCD reported that flood waters in all areas already subsided Monday, but the towns of San Mateo, Rodriguez, Cainta and Taytay in Rizal province; and Los Banos in Laguna remained affected by the Southwest Monsoon.

The numbers of evacuation centers has been reduced from 34 to the current 25, accommodating 3,084 families or 14,980 individuals. Six evacuation centers in Rodriguez, one in Taytay and two in Cainta were already closed. Robert Maico/PNA/northboundasia.com