Heroic villagers save driver and his van from falling into river

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Heroic villagers worked together to save a driver and his van when it nearly fell onto a gushing river in the Philippines.

Dramatic footage shows the locals pulling a white van as the riverbanks eroded and crashed into the water after heavy rain in Buhisan town, Cebu City on October 1.

The van swayed dangerously with the driver still inside as it was pulled by more than 20 locals on the broken bridge that collapsed next to the river.

However, after about ten minutes, the villagers were successful in pulling the vehicle to safety as well as the driver before everyone could be seen cheering delightedly.

Onlooker Nathalie Claire Manayaga said: β€˜It was very scary. My neighbours were so brave to help the driver and the vehicle. The water was usually strong here after raining but we did not expect the bridge would collapse.’

The local added that the rocks gradually crumbled and only half of the road was passable before they heard shouting when the van nearly fell into the river.

She said: β€˜It was around 1 pm when we heard the screams of people I live nearby and when I looked outside we saw the commotion as they pulled the van.’

No one was reported hurt in the incident while the van had a few scratches. The incident was reported to authorities who did a repair and traffic management in the area as the road remained impassable.

The Philippines and other countries in Southeast Asia such as Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand are in the middle of their tropical monsoon rainy season, which lasts until October or November. Soaring temperatures reaching 35 degrees Celsius are often followed by powerful tropical storms with thunder, lightning, rain and flash floods.

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