Ormoc Flash Flood 23 Years Ago Remembered

November 6, 2014 — Residents of Ormoc City in Leyte gathered Wednesday to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the tragedy where flash floods killed more than 5,000 people.

The residents marked the anniversary with a march to the mass grave where the victims were buried, according to a report on “Saksi” Wednesday night.

Among the activities held there were a Mass, a program and a lightning of candles at Anilao River.

The flash flood occurred in the wake of Typhoon Uring, sumberging some areas by as much as three meters, according to a paper of the Environmental Science for Social Change.

In four hours, several rivers in the eastern and western plains of Leyte were flooded - with Ormoc City south to Baybay town suffering greatest damage.

In Ormoc City alone, at least 4,000 residents were killed while 3,000 were injured and 2,500 were reported missing. - GMA News

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