Storm signal lifted in Bicol except Catanduanes; over 2,000 passengers remain stranded in Bicol ports

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LEGAZPI CITY (12-Jan-2013/PNA) – Over 2,000 passengers were stranded in major ports in Bicol on Saturday after the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) suspended maritime operations due to tropical depression “Bising.”

The stormy weather stranded 2,124 passengers, 140 trucks and buses and 8 small sea crafts in the ports of Legazpi City, Tabaco City and Pio Duran town in Albay; Matnog, Pilar and Bulan towns in Sorsogon; Pasacao and Guijalo in Camarines Sur and in San Andres, Catanduanes.

Cebu Pacific flight to this city was also cancelled due to the weather disturbance, Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC)chair Bernardo Alejandro said.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) raised on Saturday morning public storm signal warning (PSWS) 1 in the provinces of Sorsogon, Masbate, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur and Albay which prompted the RDRRMC to issue a “no sailing” advisory.

The latest PAGASA report, however, said the weather bureau has lifted PSWS 1 in all Bicol provinces, except Catanduanes.

In Albay, Gov. Joey Salceda ordered the suspension of classes in all levels due to continuous rains that had pelted the province since Friday.

The torrential rains flooded a number of urban villages in this city. (PNA)

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