Hundreds displaced, 7 dead, 3 missing in Valencia floods

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/05 August) — At least 226 families or 793 individuals have been displaced by floods in five barangays in Valencia City, the Philippine Information Agency-Bukidnon on Wednesday said, citing figures from the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

The floods were caused by heavy monsoon rains that hit Valencia and other parts of Bukidnon this week.

The evacuees, who started fleeing Tuesday and were housed at the Valencia City gymnasium, came from Barangays Bagontaas, Poblacion, Guinoyoran, Sugod and Tugaya.

PIA-Bukidnon quoted City DRRM Officer Alejandro Larosa as saying that the floods totally damaged 18 houses and partially damaged 36 others.

Larosa said seven persons were confirmed to have drowned as flash floods hit the city at around 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Among the casualties was a 6-month old baby boy who was rescued on Tuesday afternoon but died in a hospital on Wednesday morning, he said.

The boy’s mother identified only as Gina also died. Rescuers retrieved his body on Wednesday, the official said.

Larosa said a rescue team was still looking for the body of the boy’s father at Panlibatuhan Creek.

He added three persons identified as Bobsky Batistil, 7; Epifanio Canyamu, 23; and Eddie Eroisa were reported missing after they were swept by the rampaging waters. (MindaNews)