Girl, 3, falls into Cebu City creek, found dead after getting carried away by onrushing water
Girl and her brother, 4, were the only ones at home when accident happened
CEBU CITY, Philippines — A 3-year-old girl died after she was carried away by the onrushing water of Mahiga Creek in Barangay Kasambagan, Cebu City shortly before 4 p.m. today, August 9.
Ramil Ayuman, officer in charge of the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said that it was around 4:11 p.m. that they received the report from the barangay.
About 15 minutes passed, when the body of the child was found in Sta. Lucia area in the same barangay.
Romeo Lepiten, focal person of barangay Kasambagan’s Gender and Development, who responded to the incident, said that the 3-year-old girl was with her 4-year-old brother before the incident happened.
The two children were both left alone in their house located beside a river.
Lepiten said that the aunt of the child who lives nearby was told to look after the children.
However, the aunt did not notice that the child went outside and fell off the creek. She just knew about it when a neighbor shouted that there was a child being carried away by the water.
From the child’s residence in Muhon 1, Barangay Kasambagan, the child was found in Sta. Lucia area and she was already dead.
”Mao nato ilang nadunggan nga naay nisyagit nga naa kunoy bata nga naanod sa baha. So siguro, pagnaug sa bata na slide siguro to siya mao to nga nahug siya sa sapa kay ang sapa wala man siyay railings,” he said.
(They heard someone shouting that there was a child being carried away by the water. Maybe, when the girl went outside she might have slipped and fell off the creek. The bank of the creek has no railings.)
Lepiten added that he had no information where the mother was during the incident. He further said that he only talked with the aunt who was still in shock.
He said the barangay officials had already reminded the residents there to follow the three-meter easement from the river.
“Dugay na na sila nga namuyo dinha. Actually, the barangay officials even the barangay workers and volunteers dugay na nga nagpahimangno nga three meters away sa sapa, but wala pa man sad gud silay relocation,” he added.
(They reside there for quite a while already. Actually, the barangays officials even the barangay workers and volunteers have been reminding the residents to follow the three-meter easement from the river. Also, they do not have relocation yet.)
For now, Lepiten said that he was proposing to the barangay officials to give financial assistance to the bereaved family.
As of this posting, the Mabolo police investigator is still in the area conducting further investigation regarding the incident.
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