PHL Coast Guard: More than 5K passengers stranded due to ‘Nina’

MANILA — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has reported that a total of 5,723 passengers were stranded Saturday due to the onslaught of Typhoon Nina.

In its advisory, the PCG stated that travel was suspended for 144 roll-on roll-off (RORO) vessels, 25 vessels and three motor bancas in ports in Bicol and Eastern Visayas due to ‘Nina’.

The state weather bureau, PAGASA, said that as of 12 noon on Saturday, the eye of the typhoon was located at 445 km. east of Virac, Catanduanes. It was packing maximum sustained winds of up to 150 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 185 kph.

‘Nina’ is forecast to make landfall over Catanduanes by Sunday (Dec. 25).