MANILA, 29June2013 (PNA) – Bad weather brought about by Tropical Storm “Gorio” has already stranded some 2,545 people in Bicol, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported on Saturday.
Of the 2,545 stranded, 1,120 were in Matnog, Sorsogon; 1,271 in Looc, and 154 in Dapdap; both in Bohol.
Stuck as well were 102 trucks, 42 vehicles, 53 buses, and five roll-on roll-off vessels.
In its 6:00 a.m. update, the NDRRMC said the Coast Guard in Bicol canceled trips bound for Samar as early as Friday noon.
The NDRRMC also said all ferry terminals in Eastern Samar, Western Samar and Northern Samar were “suspended as of 6:00 a.m. (Friday).”
Office of Civil Defense (OCD-Region 8) head Rey Gozon called for preemptive evacuation in areas to be hit by Gorio, including Leyte and Biliran.
The NDRRMC also said it had been on “blue alert” since 5 p.m. Friday.
It said the Navy in Bicol is on standby and monitoring the situation, while the Air Force in Eastern Visayas is on standby for possible deployment.
While the Coast Guard in Tacloban and Catbalogan is continuously alerting and advising fishermen and small seacraft not to venture out to sea. (PNA)