Septuagenarian dies after house swept away by flood in Quezon City

Published August 7, 2020, 8:49 PM

by Joseph Pedrajas

A 74-year-old man was recovered dead from a river in Quezon City after he and his house were swept away by a surging flood following a heavy downpour in Metro Manila on Friday (Aug. 7).

The body of Romeo Aniez was recovered from the San Juan River in Barangay Damayang Lagi around 3:15 p.m, according to Don Bayongos, search-and-rescue supervisor of the city’s Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (DRRMO).

Bayongos said that they launched a search and rescue operation when the latter was reported missing at about 2:05 p.m. after his house adjacent to a creek in Barangay Kamuning was drifted away by a current.

“Yung bahay nya nakapatong sa puno. Malakas yung current ng tubig [His house was built atop a tree. There was a strong current of water],” he said, adding that in total, 13 families were affected after their houses were also swept away.

Bayongos added that two more individuals, aged 39 and 42, were injured after sustaining multiple abrasions and laceration. 

One family, meanwhile, also survived the surging water after concerned individuals pulled them away from the current.

Many parts of Quezon City were flooded following a sudden downpour Friday afternoon. Several social media posts showed photos of people as well as cars wading through the gutter to waist-deep flood in Cubao, Timog Ave. and Barangay Bagumbuhay.

A total of 50 displaced families are now taking shelter at one of the city’s parks and covered courts.