2 dead, 1 missing in Cebu flooding

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Cebu City (CNN Philippines, October 14) — The bodies of two men were found separately on Wednesday, while an unnamed 16-year-old male remains missing in Cebu City due to heavy rains and flooding.

The City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office said the body of 48-year-old Leonardo Otto was found in a creek in Laguerta, Barangay Lahug. Otto reportedly crossed the creek amid heavy flooding on Tuesday night, defying warnings from barangay officials.

The Cebu City Police Office, on the other hand, reported the death of 85-year-old Flavio Gonzaga Detuya inside his flooded house in sitio Creek Side, Barangay Lorega-San Miguel.

An unnamed 16-year-old male was also believed to have been swept by ravaging waters near Mango Avenue. Authorities said that they are still conducting a search and retrieval operation.

CCPO Station 1 first reported Detuya missing at the onset of the heavy rains and floods. When the water receded, his body was found trapped inside his house. He was declared dead on arrival at a hospital.

As of Wednesday, the rains have already stopped and the sun is up in Cebu while flood waters have already subsided.

But dozens of families had to evacuate to safer grounds as the water rose Tuesday night. They include some 230 residents of Barangay Pulangbato and 136 people from Barangay Kalunasan.

One of the most badly-affected areas was Mango Avenue, in a business district with several restaurants and hotels.

A nearby creek overflowed during the heavy downpour, leaving cars stranded and abandoned by their drivers, while other vehicles were seen floating amid debris as the water rose

Tropical Depression Ofel is forecast to maintain its strength while moving over the Southern Luzon area. It may intensify into a storm when it crosses the West Philippine Sea on Thursday morning, the state wether bureau said.

It is expected to exit the Philippines on Friday.