Hundreds of passengers stranded in major ports in Bicol

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Tropical Storm Quinta
Tropical Storm Quinta

LEGAZPI CITY (26-Dec-2012/PNA) – Air and sea travels were suspended in Masbate,Sorsogon and Albay on Wednesday as tropical storm “Quinta” hovers over Bicol bringing moderate to strong winds and rains.

Bernardo Alejandro the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC)chairperson said the stormy weather stranded 447 passengers in the ports of Matnog, Pilar in Sorsogon and in Tabaco in Albay since Tuesday.

Two flights from and to Manila and Masbate were also cancelled.

The weather bureau on Wednesday raised public storm signal warning number two in the provinces of Sorsogon, Masbate including Ticao Island while signal number one was raised in Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, and Albay.

The RDRRMC strictly enforced the no sailing policy was in three provinces due to the strong gale winds and rough to very rough seas with waves as high as 3.4 to 5 meters.

In Albay, Gov.Joey Salceda directed the Coast Guards to prohibit small sea craft and fishing vessel fishermen to sail, while village chiefs were advised to monitor and prepare against possible storm surges.

Villagers were also warned not to cross swollen rivers and any pool of waters.

Salceda advised people at villages on the eastern seaboard that they should closely check the rainfall rate and be prepared for evacuation. Residents near steep slopes should be on alert for possible landslides and in low-lying areas for flash floods, mudflows and lahar.

Salceda authorize various local disaster councils to utilize 30 percent of their respective Quick Response Fund (QRF) chargeable to the LDRRMC to support emergency needs in case of evacuation. (PNA)

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