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3 dead, thousands evacuated as floods hit Visayas areas

First Posted 08:02:00 01/13/2011

BACOLOD CITY ? Three people drowned and 6,082 families in Negros Occidental were displaced when floods spawned by heavy rain occurred in parts of Eastern and Western Visayas on Tuesday.

The fatalities in Negros Occidental were identified as Amelyn Logronio, 9, of Purok Isla, Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City, and Jose Anonas, 37, of Barangay San Jose, EB Magalona. The drowning victim in Tacloban City, Leyte was identified as Edmar Quiza, 14, a high school student.

Joemarie Vargas, Bacolod disaster coordinating council action officer, said Lorgronio's body was recovered Tuesday afternoon at the Eroreco Bridge area in Bacolod City by Amity volunteers and was claimed by her father Ramil at 8 a.m. yesterday.

Jose Anonas, 37, drowned when floods hit Barangay San Jose. His body was found by his son Tuesday evening.

The Negros Occidental Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office also reported that the evacuated families were from Victorias City (3,2887), Talisay City (1,139), EB Magalona (1,138), Silay City (488) and Bacolod City (20).

Mayor Jose Montelibano said Silay City would be declared under a state of calamity.

According to an initial report, nine houses in Silay were destroyed while five were partially damaged.

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon said the provincial government would buy a dredger to de-silt the rivers in Negros Occidental to prevent flooding.

In Tacloban City, Quiza and three other companions were swimming in Bito River in barangay Palanog Tuesday afternoon when heavy rain caused the river to swell, Quiza's father Pedro said.

Quiza's companions managed to swim back to safety but he was carried away by the strong current, Pedro said.

He said the body of his son, who was first reported missing at around 3 p.m. Tuesday, was recovered 6 a.m. Wednesday around 100 meters from where he was last seen. /INQUIRER


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