About 50 stranded in Tarlac are rescued
MANILA, Philippines – Through synchronized efforts on social media, around 50 individuals stranded in Tarlac were quickly rescued.
PAGASA also advised motorists to take the necessary precautions when travelling on roads in the provinces affected by the typhoon.
Around this time, a group of about 50 were already en route to Pangasinan from a whole day field trip in Manila.
Their trip back home was cut short around 2:00 in the morning of Saturday, October 12.
According to Raul Serafica, one of the stranded, trees were uprooted and roads were blocked. As part of their safety measures, they decided to stop at Tarlac City.
With no other means of communication other than their cellphones, they texted and called their family and friends.
“Freak storm kaninang umaga at yung buong stretch ng bayan isang malaking parking lot.” Serafica reported. (It was a freak storm and the entire town turned into a big parking lot.)
They had been stranded for more than 4 hours when the report about their situation reached the Project Agos response platform.
“Around 50 stranded in Tarlac City, Tarlac. They’re en route to Pangasinan. No roads currently passable,” said the report submitted at 7:15 in the morning.
Through Project Agos, Rappler provided the details of the report to the Philippine National Police (PNP) Community Affairs.
In less than an hour, the group was rescued. The local police also addressed the roadblock in the area.
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