Father, kid missing in Bukidnon flood

By : Uriel Quilinguing Mindanao Today/12:16:05pm 07/19/2021


Rescuers from Kadingilan and Pangantucan towns in Bukidnon clear a bridge from debris brought by the floodwaters as search operation of a father and his daughter who went missing due to the flooding continues. (Photo courtesy of the Kadingilan LDRRMO) (Note: This news article was published in the print edition of Mindanao Today on June 30, 2021)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Two persons were swept by floodwaters and reported missing since Friday night at Kipaducan village in Pangantucan town of Bukidnon, authorities said.

The state weather bureau has earlier issued an advisory of localized thunderstorms that may affect southern part of the province.

Sheen Therese Romo, head of nearby Kadingilan town’s disaster risk reduction and management office, said she has sent a search, rescue and recovery team to assist Pangantucan rescuers.

Romo said she got a call for a disaster-response assistance from Pangantucan DRRMO early Saturday morning, after two residents went missing since Friday night’s flood.

A source identified the missing persons as Rey Amasora, a furniture maker, and his 16-year-old daughter, Darlene, both residents of Kipaducan whose house is near a creek in sitio Kilabama.

This creek is a tributary of Kidanggin and Maridugao rivers, bodies of water that cut across Pangantucan and Kadingilan towns.

While teams were in search for the Amasoras, the bridge along Pangantucan’s Kibagsil-Payad road has been rendered impassable due to flood debris consisting of uprooted crops, tree twigs and bamboo leaves that covered the entire steel structure.

Personnel from Kadingilan LDRRMC started the clearing while commuters have been advised to use the Kadingilan-Kalilangan road for the meantime.

Romo said residents along Kidanggan and Maridugao rivers have been alerted to report sightings through hotline 09069139081.

Public works and highways personnel have yet to inspect the structure for its integrity before reopening it to travelers.

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