2,376 passengers in Bicol ports stranded by typhoon ‘Labuyo’

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LEGAZPI CITY, 11Aug2013 (PNA) – At least 2,376 passengers were stranded since Saturday in major ports in Bicol after maritime authorities prohibit all types of vessels to sail as storm warning signals were hoisted over the region due to typhoon “Labuyo,” the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Sunday.

The “no sailing” order grounded nine sea vessels, 103 trucks, 16 cars and 53 passenger buses in the ports of Albay and Sorsogon provinces.

The Philippine Coast Guard in Bicol said that as of 8:00 a.m. Sunday, 2,076 Visayas-bound passengers were stranded in Matnog Port in Sorsogon, while the rest were stranded in the ports of Tabaco, 53; Pioduran, 247 — both in Albay.

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, Albay PDRRMC chair, on Saturday issued an advisory prohibiting small passenger sea craft and fishing vessels to sail due to the bad weather.

Salceda also advised residents to take extra precaution, especially those living near river channels, telling them not to cross rivers and artificial pools during and after heavy rainfall.

He also warned residents in landslide and flood-prone areas to be on high alert, specifically residents in the third district of the province — covering the towns of Guinobatan, Jovellar, Oas, Polangui, Pioduran and Libon and Ligao City.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) issued a bulletin at 5:00 a.m. Sunday saying that “Labuyo” had intensified further as it continued to threaten Luzon.

The bulletin said that PAGASA instruments located Labuyo at 375 kms east of Daet, Camarines Norte, bringing gustiness of 170 kph and moving west-northwest at 19 kph.

Public storm signal no. 3 was raised in Catanduanes, signal no. 2 in Camarines Sur and Cmarines Norte, while signal no. 1 is still hoisted in Albay, Sorsogon, Burias and Ticao Islands in Masbate.(PNA)

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