Wednesday, June 20, 2018
  • share this

Army men rescue motorists trapped along flooded highway in Quezon Province

Flooded compound of old Atimonan town hall in Quezon province. (Contributed photo from Quezon drrmc)

Members of the Philippine Army responded on Tuesday to rescue 25 passengers of a provincial bus and other people on board eight vehicles that were trapped in a flooded highway in Pitogo, Quezon Province, reports from Radyo Inquirer said.

Using ropes and improvised floating devices, members of the Army brought to safety the stranded passengers of the DLTB bus with plate number UYB 365 and other motorists on board different vehicles along the affected highway.

READ: Maring hits Quezon, to pass by Metro Manila


Lt. George Morana, of the Philippine Army’s 85th Infantry Battalion, told Radyo Inquirer that they immediately responded to the area after they received a report that a bus from Bicol going to Manila was stranded in a severely flooded Gumaca-Pitogo Road national highway or the Bondoc Peninsula Highway.

Half of the bus was already submerged in floodwater when authorities came to the rescue of the passengers, some of them children, Radyo Inquirer said.

The bus driver of the DTLB bus, whose name was not readily available as of this posting, told Radyo Inquirer he did not anticipate that the floodwater would rise quickly as they pass by the highway.

Meanwhile, Chief Supt. Eric Armamento, provincial director of Quezon police, said they also rescued people from eight other vehicles trapped in the area.

“Unfortunately, the bus was also caught by the rising water along the highway in Barangay Biga, Pitogo,” he said.

Henry Buzar, officer of the Quezon Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said several sections of the Maharlika Highway along Atimonan, Gumaca and Calauag towns were not passable to vehicles due to flood waters, fallen trees and landslides.

Maj. Gen. Rhoderick Parayno, commanding general of the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division said the province of Quezon is one of the areas directly affected by Tropical Depression Maring. JPV

Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Flood, Maring, Philippine Army, Quezon Province, rescue, Trapped, tropical depression, Weather
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2018 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.