By Christian Dee
MANILA, Philippines – Wednesday night, December 21, when a senior citizen died in Negros Oriental after a heavy rain showered in the area, particularly in Guihulngan City.
It is possible that the man drowned due to the strong current of the water in Bateria River brought by the freshet, according to the authorities.
The victim allegedly fell down the river according to a report.
A resident witnessed the male senior citizen walking along the river dike when the incident happened based on the investigation and the statement of the witness.
The victim’s body was rushed to the hospital but was also declared dead on arrival.
Hundreds of families also evacuated due to flood in the said area.
Above 200 families affected by the heavy rain were from Larena, Taytayan, and Bukana in Guihulngan City.
Some evacuees stay inside the city’s gymnasium temporarily while other families went back to their home according to the local government.
Cash assistance and food packs are being prepared for the victims.