2 bodies swept away by floods recovered in Caloocan

MANILA, Philippines—Two bodies of missing family members that were swept away by flood water in Caloocan City were recovered Wednesday, a Radyo Inquirer report said.

Recovered bodies were identified as that of Rodolfo Hikaw, 48, pedicab driver and daughter Laide, 6 years old. They were reported missing Tuesday after a wall of water roaring from the creek bed washed away their house.


Another daughter, Arlene, 4 year old is still missing. Only the mother, Charlita, 37 survived.

Charlita said their house was at the side of the creek. Early morning Tuesday, they heard a rattling sound and then raging water entered and washed away their house. Rodolfo got hold of Laida.


He threw his daughter to a neighbor when he was about to be carried by the current but the neighbor failed to catch the daughter who hit her head at some plank and then was also carried away by the current. Charlita was holding Arlene but she was knocked off unconscious when her head hit a gas tank.

She woke up at a hospital Wednesday with the news that her family is gone and a funeral parlor is asking her P27,000  so she can recover the bodies of her husband and little girl.

“Damit nga po wala ako, pambayad pa,” she told Radyo Inquirer in tears.

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