Floods In Mindanao
December 17, 2011 by staff
Authorities feared the death toll would continue to rise as some estimates pegged the number of missing to as many as 250 people.
The military said 117 bodies were recovered in Cagayan de Oro City while over 100 are still missing from the 23 barangays that were inundated by the overflowing Cagayan River.
Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) spokesman Col. Leopoldo Galon said most of the victims were asleep when the floodwaters rose.
Most of those who are still missing, as well as the 15 who were rescued alive, were swept along with their houses towards the sea by rampaging floodwaters, the military reported.
“I can’t explain how these things happened, entire villages were swept to the sea by flashfloods,” Galon said.
“I have not seen anything like this before. This could be worse than ‘Ondoy’ he said, referring to a 2009 tropical storm that inundated Metro Manila, killing hundreds of people.
Galon said an entire army division – about 10,000 soldiers – was involved in rescue efforts in Cagayan de Oro, with three military helicopters flying above the receding waters to look for survivors.
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