Tropical storm Megi made landfall within the Philippines on April 12, 2022. Since then, scores of individuals throughout 9 areas have fallen sufferer to its destruction. If present numbers are something to go by (two million individuals displaced), Agaton, because the storm is understood regionally, has not dealt the hand of mercy.
The nationwide dying toll has already reached 224 individuals on the time of writing, with many extra nonetheless lacking. But, the seek for survivors continues, particularly as landslides proceed to wreak havoc within the wake of Agaton.
Presently making waves on social media is the miraculous survival story of 11-year-old CJ Hasme, who was discovered mendacity in a fridge after a landslide swept by way of his household house in Barangay Kantagnos.
A number of fractures, however in steady situation.
IMAGE: Philippine Coast Guard / Fb
In response to the boy’s uncle, Juanito Orellano, one other relative was alleged to rescue Hasme however acquired turned away by the boy because the landslide approached nearer. In a bout of fast pondering, Hasme ran to the fridge and hid there, hoping to make use of its sturdy exterior as a protect.
Little did he know that he could be spending the subsequent 20 hours contained in the fridge, defending himself from the tropical storm.
“When his uncle (one other relative) was alleged to rescue him, he (Hasme) despatched him away as a result of an enormous landslide was coming, and it was very harmful,” Orellano stated.
Personnel from the Philippine Coast Guard, the Bureau of Fireplace Safety, and the Metropolis Catastrophe Threat Discount and Administration Workplace got here to the rescue of Hasme, who was nonetheless within the fridge after they discovered him. He additionally sustained a number of fractures through the ordeal.
They even uploaded a video of his rescue on Fb, exhibiting personnel carrying him (nonetheless within the fridge) to a close-by boat for evacuation:
Sadly, Hasme’s mother and father didn’t make it. It is at the moment unclear whether or not the boy is conscious that his mother and father have died. However on the time of the rescue, Orellano stated they’d withhold that data from him in the intervening time, fearing for his well being.
“We attempt to not let CJ know as a result of it would have an effect on his well being, however perhaps he is aware of as a result of at his age, he appears to know,” Orellano stated. “It is completely different, typically he shouts as a consequence of [the] shock.”
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