Saturday, 2 November 2013

Philippines earthquake: Retrieval ops end for 5 missing kids in Bohol

The search and retrieval operations for the five missing children in quake-ravaged Sagbayan town, Bohol has ended on Friday, authorities said.

The five children, aged 9 to 15, were swimming in the Bayong Falls in Barangay Katipunan when the magnitude 7.2 quake hit Bohol last October 15.

The children were believed to be buried by boulders which fell from the top of the waterfall.

Authorities have already used a backhoe in the hopes of finding the bodies of the children. However, their clothes were the only things recovered.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) identified the five children as Jess Marvin Empinado, 10; Meme Jane Empinado, 9; Reynaldo Cipcip, 15; Joellene Somoro, 11; and Jonalyn Somoro, 13.

Prima Empinado, mother of Jess Marvin and Meme Jane, and Virginia Cipcip, mother of Reynaldo, said that while they are sad that they would no longer see the bodies of their kids, they have already accepted their death.

The families of the victims on Friday held a mass in the area, which was declared as the burial site for the children.

Meanwhile, the local government has already banned swimming in the waterfall.

Mayor Ricardo Suarez assured that financial assistance will be given to the families of the five children.

Saturday 01 November 2013


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