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Siblings drown in irrigation canal

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LEZO, Aklan — Two siblings drowned in a flooded irrigation canal in Brgy. Sta. Cruz Biga-a here on Sunday.
Lifeless bodies of nine-year-old Imee Gomez and seven-year-old Allen John Gomez were found floating by policemen and barangay officials at about 1 p.m.

The siblings were Grade 3 and Grade 1 pupils, respectively, of the Sta. Cruz Biga-a Elementary School.

At about 11 a.m., they asked permission from their parents to pick santol, said PO2 Roel Relator of the Lezo police station.

They were crossing a makeshift bridge at the irrigation canal when they fell into the water, Relator said, citing a witness.

The irrigation canal serves rice fields in Lezo, Makato and Numancia towns.

It has been frequently flooded during heavy rains since a portion of the road separating it from the Aklan River collapsed during the onslaught of typhoon “Quinta” last December. (By Ernan Baldomero)

Source: Panay News

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