Boy drowns, sister missing in Zambo Sur

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/14 January) – An eight-year-old boy died while his elder sister remained missing and was feared dead after they were swept away by strong currents on Monday in Josefina town in Zamboanga del Sur, the police reported.

Chief Insp. Ariel Huesca, Police Regional Office-9 information officer, identified the fatality as Jomarie Acosta.

His elder sister, Margie, 22, remained missing and was feared to have drowned too.

Huesca said the Acostas were swept away by strong currents while they were crossing a flooded river on the way home in Barangay Litapan, Josefina, around 2 p.m. Monday.

Rains brought by a Low Pressure Area over Mindanao have caused flooding in several provinces in the island. Worst hit are Regions 10, 11 and 13 (Caraga).

Huesca said Jomarie’s body was recovered by policemen, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (MDRRMC), and barangay officials.

He said there were no reports yet from the Josefina police whether or not they have already found Margie. (MindaNews)