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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Five people on a charity mission drowned and another went missing after they were swept away by a sudden current while crossing a creek in the northern Philippines, officials said Monday.
Provincial officer Charmaine Mallari said the victims were among 54 people who were traveling Sunday to a remote village in Tarlac province to donate food to poor tribesmen.
The hikers were crossing the creek when the current suddenly grew rough and swept away nearly a dozen of them, Mallari said. She said five drowned and one remained missing, while the survivors sustained minor injuries.
Another provincial officer, Marvin Guiang, said there was no rain in Tarlac but a downpour in nearby regions may have swelled the creek while the volunteers were crossing it.
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