7-yr old found dead floating in Calubian waters after storm Dante

A seven-year old child who went missing during Tropical Storm Dante was discovered dead on June 2, Wednesday, in Calubian, Leyte, but his two-year old sibling has yet to be found.

The two children were sleeping as floodwaters swept through their makeshift home in Barangay Padoga, Calubian at about midnight of June 1.

Around 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, the body of Brando Salino, 7, was discovered floating in the sea. Ruel, his 2-year-old brother, is still missing, according to the Calubian police station’s report to the Philippine National Police (PNP) regional headquarters.

The rest of the Salino family is temporarily sheltered at the home of a relative, while workers from the local government, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) , and local police continue to search for Ruel Salino.

Although the tropical storm did not directly affect certain places in Eastern Visayas, the heavy rains caused flooding in several areas. A strong rainstorm in Biliran province triggered a small landslide in Sangalang, in the town of Biliran. Muds and rock piles eroded to the national road, obstructing access to Cabucgayan town. A small landslide also occurred on the route between Borac and Anislagan in Naval. Both portions of road have been cleared of debris.

When the storm passed across the region last week, Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 2 was issued to all six provinces in Eastern Visayas.