Viral photo: Father carries sick child as ambulance gets stuck in typhoon debris

Published September 16, 2018, 6:22 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By MB Online

A picture, they say, is so powerful in conveying what the written word sometimes fails to express.

A father carries his sick child as its being transferred to another car as their ambulance is stucked on a highway by toppled electric posts caused by strong winds after Typhoon Mangkhut hit Baggao town in Cagayan province, north of Manila September 15, 2018. Super Typhoon Mangkhut slammed into the northern Philippines, with violent winds and torrential rains, as authorities warned millions in its path of potentially heavy destruction. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE
A father carries his sick child after their ambulance’s path was blocked by toppled electric posts caused by strong winds after Typhoon Mangkhut hit Baggao town in Cagayan province, north of Manila September 15, 2018.
(AFP PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

A picture from Agence France-Presse (AFP) of a father carrying his sick child as the ambulance they were in was blocked by fallen electric posts at the height of typhoon Ompong’s strong winds in Cagayan has captured the hearts of netizens.

In the picture, the father was being aided by other members of his family, with one carrying a bottle of intravenous fluid, another man carrying a stretcher and another one was keeping the child’s blanket from slipping to the ground.

The heart-wrenching photo from AFP has now become viral, with many netizens wishing good health for the child being carried as well as to the child’s family.

Still, some have even commented that it is now about time for the government to consider having electrical connections installed underground instead of having electrical wires dangling from electrical posts.

These electric posts often pose danger to people either from electrocution or from actually being hit by them whenever they get toppled down by strong winds.

As of posting, it is still unclear whether the family did make it to the nearest hospital safely as Baggao town, the place where the picture was taken, was pummeled harshly by the typhoon at 1:40 am yesterday, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

 
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