• 1 dies, another hurt as North Cotabato disaster management training turned deadly


    A DISASTER management training turned out to be disastrous for a 20-year-old student who drowned and died during training on Sunday amid heavy downpour in North Cotabato province.

    Ritchel Impas, a student of University of Southern Mindanao-Kidapawan City campus, was declared dead on arrival in a hospital in Kidapawan City.

    Impas was among the 10 students undergoing disaster management training under Sandawa Apo Mountaineering and Ecology Club at Barangay Bantac, Magpet, North Cotbato when the accident happened.

    North Cotabato had experience a day-long moderate to heavy downpour on Sunday.

    Also hospitalized was Jejomar Dikdikin, 24, student of USM-Kabacan.

    The Magpet police said that the victims were participating in water training at the Kabacan river when the water level suddenly rose and carried away the students.

    The rampaging waters hit the unsuspecting trainees as others managed to rush to safer area.

    Seven of them were carried away while five others were quickly rescued by their training officers.

    It was learned that the training participants have no parental consent.

    Magpet police have warned the public against holding activities in the highly dangerous Kabacan River.

    Previous accidents have been recorded in the river, which is very inviting to nature lovers.

    The heavy downpour in North Cotabato on Sunday also led to flooding in low-lying communities in the province. PNA


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