Flash flood hits Zambo Norte towns; 4 dead, 1 missing

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay – Five persons, including four children, died while another remained missing after they were swept by flash flood that hit several areas in the nearby province of Zamboanga del Norte.

Two towns namely Roxas and Jose Dalman were placed under the state of calamity as the two municipalities were severely affected by the flash flood triggered by heavy downpour since Monday brought about by inclement weather.

Sr. Supt. 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 the remains of the fatalities were recovered Tuesday in separate areas.

Wagan identified the missing person as Jeremie Tawat, seven of Barangay Mate, Manukan, Zamboanga del Norte.

He said efforts continue to locate the missing girl.

The municipal councils of Roxas and Jose Dalman has passed a resolution declaring the two municipalities under the state of calamity due to severe damage caused by the flash flood.

Roxas Mayor Jan Henrick Vallecer said that at least PhP 100 – 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 their town.

She said some of the affected families, especially those staying in low-lying areas, remained at the gymnasium of Jose Dalman.

Wagan said that Barangays Uyan and Barangay Ilaya in Dapitan City are now passable to all types of vehicles as the water rescinded. Dennis Baguio/PNA-northboundasia.com