5-year-old boy swept away by flood; mother, sibling missing in Albay

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Posted at Nov 02 2020 05:46 PM | Updated as of Nov 03 2020 08:19 AM

Salvador Manrique tells the Philippine Red Cross how he lost his son.

MANILA (UPDATE) - A 5-year-old boy was found dead in the town of Oas, Albay after he was swept away by floods brought by super typhoon Rolly over the weekend, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) said Monday.

The boy's father, Salvador Manrique, identified the child's body, the PRC said in a post on its Facebook page.

"Ayon kay Salvador, biglang sumambulat ang rumaragasang baha sa kanilang barangay, isang bagay na ngayon lamang nila naranasan," the post read.

(According to Salvador, flood waters suddenly swept across their village, something they never experienced before.)

"Hawak-hawak niya ang kaniyang 5-taong gulang na anak ngunit nabitawan niya ito sa sobrang lakas ng hampas ng tubig," it said.

(He was holding his 5-year-old son, but his hand slipped because of the strong current.)

The child was separated from his family who lived in Guinobatan town, some 25 kilometers where his body was found, according to the PRC.

The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) identified the victim as Salvador Manrique Jr.

Manrique is still searching for his wife Elvie and daughter Michaela who were also swept away by the flood.

At least 9 other people died after Rolly, the strongest typhoon in 2020, plowed through 7 provinces in Luzon.

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Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story reported the victim was a girl. We regret the error.