Search on for farmer who went missing in Maguindanao floods PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 July 2014 11:43

Police and military authorities are still searching for a 28-year-old farmer who went missing while crossing a river in Barira town on Friday as waters swelled from torrential rains.

According to Humanitarian Emergency Assistance and Relief Team (HEART), the emergency response team of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), farmer Randy Ferenal was crossing the Lipawan River, which cuts through corn and orchard farms at the boundary of Maguindanao’s Parang and Barira towns, when he lost his balance and disappeared. His remains are yet to be found.

HEART-ARMM had conducted search operation for Ferenal with the locals helping police and military personnel.

ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman said he has already directed the regional police office in Camp S.K. Pendatun, also in Parang, to help in the search for Ferenal.

Hataman led HEART’s relief missions Saturday to flooded areas in Maguindanao where hundreds of civilians were forced to flee to higher grounds as light to moderate rains flooded low lying areas near rivers criss-crossing through the marshland.

In its latest advisory, HEART said among the areas served by Hataman and his subordinates were riverside enclaves in Sultan Kudarat and Montawal towns in the first and second districts of Maguindanao.

More than 22,000 individuals were displaced by floods that hit 18 of Maguindanao’s 36 municipalities late last month.

ARMM through the HEART had already extended relief assistance to displaced families.