Death toll in latest Zambo calamity: 5 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 October 2013 11:36

Two more persons died in the latest calamity that hit Zamboanga City as a result of rains that poured incessantly for six days.

The two latest fatalities put the death toll at five, while damage to properties and agricultural crops and aquaculture products would run up to billion pesos. The floods caused by non-stop rains displaced more than 4,000 families in several barangays.

The two fatalities were identified as Cristine Dogalio, 36, single, of A&W Subdivision in Putik and Rose Flores, 38, of Mangusu, and a housemaid of Councilor Eduardo Saavedra.

Dogalio, who was a stroke patient and could not walk, died of drowning inside their house that went under water from flashflood Tuesday night.

It was learned that Dogalio was left inside their house while her relatives were retrieving some of their valuables. When they returned to bring her out, she was already dead from drowning.

Flores died of electrocution inside the house of Councilor Saavedra around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

A police report disclosed that Flores was about to switch on the generator set of the Saavedra family inside the flooded house when she was electrocuted.

Flores’ body absorbed high voltage electricity and died where she fell.

Both bodies were taken to the funeral parlor for post mortem examinations.

On Sunday, Roel Patrocino a 17-year-old student of the Zamboanga State College of Marine Science and Technology (ZSCMST) was swept away by raging water at the Tumaga River where he was swimming with six other companions while rain was battering the city. His body was found only last Monday in Arena Blanco.

Edwina Bernad, a top official of the National Food Authority (NFA) regional office, and her housemaid Rosana Fabilo were also swept away by raging water when flash flood hit San Roque and San Jose Gusu at dawn Tuesday. They died of drowning.

It was learned that Bernad and Fabilo were about to leave the house in San Roque when they were met by raging flashflood water.

This latest calamity came as Zamboanga City was reeling from the 25-day armed conflict between MNLF rebels and government that has displaced 10,000 families. — Dan Toribio Jr.