Text and photos by Erwin Mascariñas,VERA Files
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — Floodwaters brought by storm "Sendong" swept Cagayan de Oro and Iligan city and other parts of Northern Mindanao while people were sleeping Friday night last week.
Power went out. In the darkness of the night, people panicked as they tried to flee from the rampaging mud and debris.
It was chaos. Heartrending cries for help filled the air. Mothers and fathers watched in horror as they lost hold of their children, carried away by floodwaters.
Caught unprepared, local government units were able to establish disaster coordinating efforts more than six hours after Sendong sent its deadly waters.
On the sixth day, 674 people from Cagayan de Oro were confirmed dead, while 502 were still missing.
Benito Ramos, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), said the number of fatalities is still rising as more dead bodies are found.
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