Passengers of flood-submerged bus stranded in Quezon highway

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Updated with the rescue of the passengers

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 12) — Twenty-two passengers of a commuter bus were rescued after being stranded Tuesday on a flooded highway in Quezon province, the military said.

Major General Rhoderick Parayno said troops from the Army's 2nd Infantry Brigade headed to Barangay Biga in Pitogo to rescue the passengers. There were no casualties.

The bus of the DLTB Bus Co. carrying the passengers was stranded along the highway in the coastal town of Pitogo, in Quezon, said DLTB official Gay Bautista.

The floods were due to heavy rain dumped by Tropical Depression "Maring," which disaster risk management officials said made first landfall in Mauban, Quezon.

Family members of the passengers were told they were stranded in the area since 3 a.m., adding that they were waiting on the roof of the bus to escape the flood.

Bus trips to Aurora Province and Quezon Province are temporarily suspended due to "Maring."

State weather bureau said "Maring" made landfall over Mauban at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Mauban is about 100 kilometers away from Pitogo.

Stringer Ron Lozano contributed to this report.