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Carmen tragedy: Last missing flash flood victim found off Camotes

By: Emmariel Ares and Paul Lauro - Multimedia reporter and correspondent/CDN Digital | July 10,2024 - 04:05 PM

Carmen tragedy

The last missing victim of Monday’s flash floodsin Brgy. Cantumog, Carmen, Cebu, has been retrieved two days after the incident which has now claimed seven lives. | Paul Lauro

CEBU CITY, Philippines –  The last missing victim of Monday’s flash floods in Carmen town, northern Cebu has been retrieved on Wednesday off the waters of Camotes Islands.

The body of 15-year-old Mike Stanley Tungal, was found on Wednesday, July 10, according to a post by Carmen Mayor Carlo Villamor on his social media page.

Authorities reportedly recovered the minor’s bloated body floating in the waters of Camotes Island.

As of 12:10 p.m. on Wednesday, all seven missing victims of the Carmen tragedy have been accounted for, lifeless and floating in different coastal areas of northern Cebu.

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The search and rescue operations by the Carmen Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) and other partner agencies have officially ended on Wednesday.

Operations began on Monday, a few hours after the victims were swept away by raging flood waters at past 5:00 p.m.

They were on their way home from attending a party at a mountain resort in Sitio Mangingit, Brgy. Lower Natimao-an when the Carmen tragedy happened.

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Authorities said as the victims’ pickup truck with 17 passengers crossed a spillway, the onrushing water coming from the mountains swept them away.

A total of 10 individuals were promptly rescued after they were able to get off of the vehicle.

Meanwhile, 7 persons were confirmed to have died in the Carmen tragedy.

The final list of deceased victims consist of: Arshane Bejoc, 11; Rhesamie Ypil Costan, 26; Nathaniel Lozano, 12; Clarisse Ypil, 13; Aishie Hermoso, 12; Elmer Costan, 25; and Mike Stanley Tungal, 15.

Carmen is a third class municipality located 41.3 kilometers north of Cebu City.

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