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8 dead after flood sweeps passenger car away in Philippines

Patrolman Jason Benitez of the Tanay town police told Xinhua that the accident happened before 9 pm local time on Saturday, while the jeepney carrying 25 passengers was crossing a river traveling north to a village from the town.

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Manila: Eight passengers, including a five-year-old girl, died in Rizal province of the Philippines after a flash flood swept a passenger jeepney, police said on Sunday.

Patrolman Jason Benitez of the Tanay town police told Xinhua that the accident happened before 9 pm local time on Saturday, while the jeepney carrying 25 passengers was crossing a river traveling north to a village from the town.

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Norberto Francisco Matienzo, chief of the Tanay Municipal Disaster Reduction Management Office, said the jeepney got stuck in the middle of the river when it was swept away by a flash flood.

He added that seven others who died from the accident were over 60 years old while another one was injured.

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