Monday, September 23, 2013

Southwest monsoon induced-intense rains claim 16 lives in Zambales

IBA, Zambales-Intense rains brought by the southwest monsoon since Sunday have claimed 16 lives and left five missing in the province of Zambales.

According to the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC), there are nine dead in barangay Wawan Due and six in barangay San Isidro, both in Subic town due to landslides.

Confirmed dead due to landslides in San Isidro are Gabby Bueno, Jenalyn Bueno, John Clifford Bueno, Shanly Bueno, Pananing Bueno, and Merlyn Ednalaguim.

Moreover, Hermenegilda Escobar, 67, of Gordon Heights in Olongapo City died of drowning due to strong current of water.

“We have four confirmed missing, a family, in barangay Aglao in San Marcelino town due to landslides. They are Suzette Flores, Christian Flores, Christine Flores, and April Flores. Retrieval operation is still ongoing as we speak,” RDRRMC Chair Josefina Timoteo confirmed Monday evening.

“The family’s father, Joseph Flores, has been recovered alive from the landslide site and is now undergoing medical treatment at the San Marcelino District Hospital,” Timoteo added.

There is also one unidentified missing in Wawan Due village. Retrieval operations in the area are likewise ongoing.
Meanwhile, seven villages in Olongapo City are submerged with 3-4 feet flood waters.

These are Sta. Rita, Old Cabalan, East Bajac-bajac, East Tapinac, New Cabalan, New Kalalake, and Barreto.

“Rest assured that after the retrieval operations, we will shift our focus to providing relief and financial assistance to affected families,” Timoteo underscored. (Carlo Lorenzo J. Datu)


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