LEGAZPI CITY (4-Dec-2012/PNA) – Storm surges as high as six meters hit the shorelines of Catanduanes on Tuesday and prevented passenger vessels to dock in the two ports of the province, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)in Bicol said.
MV Eugenia, a passenger vessel plying Virac-Tabaco routes, was forced to return to Tabaco City due to the big waves that battered Virac port, said Bernardo Alejandro, Office of Civil Defense(OCD)regional director and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council(RDRRMC) chairperson.
Alejandro said the Coast Guard in Virac port had to order the ship captain of MV Eugenia to return to Tabaco port due to prevailing big waves spawned by the gale force.
Quoting an initial report from the Catandaunes PDRRMC , he said storm surge hit about 25 coastal villages in the towns of Virac, Bato, Baras and Gigmoto.
The report said strong waves force seawater to encroach major highways in these area, Alejandro said.
The coast guard report said 682 passengers were stranded while 19 trucks, 15 buses, seven cars, four sea vessels were also grounded in the ports of Matnog, Bulan, Pilar in Sorsogon, Pioduran in Albay and Masbate and Cataingan.(PNA)