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Chedz Alvarez laments death of Sipalay residents struck by lightning

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She offers her thoughts and prayers to their families.

Congresswoman Mercedes “Chedz” Alvarez of Negros Occidental could not believe that six of her constituents died after they were struck by lightning in Sipalay City.

“It is with a heavy heart that I received the report about this incident where our brothers and sisters in Sitio Barasbarasan in Barangay Manlucahoc were struck by lightning. I extend my deepest sympathy to the families of the victims,” Alvarez said.

At least 17 others were injured as lightning struck a truck where they were took shelter in amid the heavy rains on Wednesday, April 18.

Alvarez also pledged financial support to their families.

“My office will coordinate with the city government and national agencies so that assistance will be extended to the injured victims and families of the fatalities. The grief that the families are suffering now is unimaginable. I pray that you will all find comfort and strength in the Lord Almighty at these trying times,” the politiko added.