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    Killer river drowns 5 in Philippines

    THE drowning incident on Monday afternoon at the Madlum River in San Miguel, Bulacan province, has already claimed five of the seven students of a state university, a government agency reported Wednesday.
    The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said rescuers continue to search for the two other missing tourism students of Bulacan State University.
    Latest reports reaching CNN said the body of Janet Rivera was retrieved around 10:20 a.m. Wednesday several miles away from where the students were swept away by raging waters triggered by a sudden downpour on Monday afternoon.
    The four students whose bodies were retrieved Tuesday afternoon were identified as Michael Alcantara, Michelle Banzil, Helena Marcelo and Sean Alejo.
    Meanwhile, Madel Navarro and Maico Bartolome are the subjects of the search and rescue operation.
    In the wake of the accident, Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino Alvarado issued an executive order banning field trips and trekking activities at the killer river.
    Alvarado has also cancelled previous engagements to personally lead the search and rescue operations since Tuesday.
    “While the pristine waters within the Biak-na-Bato national park continue to allure tourists, we must not discount the dangers that sudden rains in the mountains could bring,” the governor said.
    The governor also said warning signs and precautionary measures should be put in proper places to ensure that accidents would not happen again.
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