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Heavy rain continues to pour in Cebu a day after knee-deep floods hit several parts of the city along with neighboring Mandaue City, prompting local officials to declare some barangays under a state of calamity.

As rain continued to pummel Cebu, one of two missing persons swept by floods Tuesday – an eight-year-old boy – was found dead Wednesday morning. This, even as disaster personnel continued searching seawaters for any sign of the other reported missing person – a woman – who was still missing as of press time.

The body of Vrille Dave Amay, a grade 2 pupil of the Kamputhaw Elementary School, was found floating on waters off Pier 1 Wednesday morning. He was positively identified by his parents who were alerted about the sad development.

Floods stalled traffic flow in the cities of Cebu and Mandaue and put the lives of many, especially those living in low-lying areas, in peril. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) measured and put the amount of rainfall at 35.7 millimeters.

The Mahiga Creek, which is in the boundary of Cebu and Mandaue cities, overflowed and caused flooding at the North Reclamation Area (NRA).

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, who left his quarters in City Hall to personally assist people stranded in the NRA has called for a meeting with Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes and officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways to address the flooding.

Inundation of the NRA affected several streets as well as the parking area of a huge mall, stranding people and causing a traffic jam as vehicles coming from Mandaue could not cross the flooded area.

“It was a jungle out there,” said Rama, who spent about two hours on top of a fire truck, supervising traffic in the NRA. The mayor also related that he saw some stranded motorists “crying.”

Aside from the NRA, several other parts of Cebu City were also submerged, including Sitio Panagdait in Barangay Kasambagan, Barangay Basak-Pardo, Bonifacio St., V. Gullas corner D. Jakosalem Sts., Barangay Apas, Barangay Zapatera, Barangay Guadalupe, Barangay Mabolo, and Fuente Osmeña, among other areas.

Rama convened the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council to assess the situation and give instructions. He ordered the Council to come up with a list of creeks and other bodies of water that need to be dredged to help control flooding in the future.

The mayor said that for the meantime, the city has to focus on providing relief and assistance to those affected. The Department of Public Services was also tasked to immediately clean the flooded streets.

Meanwhile, in Mandaue City, Mayor Cortes also immediately called up barangay chairmen for an emergency meeting and was set to declare some barangays in his city under a state of calamity due to the extent of the damage caused by floods.

Barangays in Mandaue that were badly hit by flooding were Basak, Guizo, Tipolo, Ibabao, and Banilad. Classes in the schools situated in areas affected by floods were suspended.