MANILA — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has announced that nearly 1,000 passengers were stranded in various ports in the Bicol region due to Tropical Depression Crising.
In an advisory, the Coast Guard stated that a total of 962 passengers, 10 vessels, four motor bancas, and 146 rolling cargoes in the ports of Albay, Sorsogon and Camarines Sur were left stranded as of 8 a.m. Saturday.
In the province of Albay, 249 passengers, seven vessels and 26 rolling cargoes were stranded at the port of Tabaco.
A total of nine passengers were stranded in Bulan port while 30 passengers, one vessel and one motor banca were stranded in Pilar. Both ports are located in Sorsogon.
Meanwhile, 25 passengers in Pasacao, and 59 passengers and three motor bancas in Guijalo were stranded in Camarines Sur.
The ports in Albay, Sorsogon, and Camarines Sur have cancelled the trips due to the tropical depression.
The latest bulletin from the state weather bureau, PAGASA, stated that ‘Crising’ has slightly weakened as it moves closer to the Samar provinces.
‘Crising’ was packing maximum winds of up to 45 km. per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 55 kph.
Tropical cyclone warning signal no. 1 has been raised over the provinces of Sorsogon, Burias Island, Masbate, Aklan, Antique, Iloilo, Capiz, Northern Cebu, Northern Negros Occidental, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Leyte and Southern Leyte. Aerol Pateña/PNA-northboundasia.com