LEGAZPI CITY, 111Oct2013 (PNA) – Eight fishermen from Mercedes, Camarines Norte were rescued by authorities in Pandan town at the northern part of Catanduanes province after strong winds brought by typhoon “Santi” swept them to the area, a report from the Catanduanes Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council to the office of Civil Defense Bicol regional office said.
The CPDRRMC only had the identification of the boat captain, Paterno Busi.
It added that the fishermen are safe and just waiting for the weather to become favorable for travel.
Meanwhile, based on the latest report of the Philippine Coast Guard Bicol District Office, the number of stranded passengers in Bicol ports has gone up to 500, mostly in Tabaco City port where passengers bound for Catanduanes are stocked.
Other stranded passengers are in the ports of Catanduanes, Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte.
The PCG expects the number to rise today.
Pre-school and elementary school classes have been suspended in the provinces of Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur at Camarines Norte where TSW No. 1 is raised.
The PCG has also registered 35 stranded transport units — trucks, 20; small vehicles, 4; buses, 3; and sea vessels, 8 – in the ports of these provinces.
The OCD said it will not allow sea travel as long as typhoon signal No. 1 is raised over the Bicol region.
It asked the PCG and barangay officials in coastal areas to be on alert on sea vessels, especially fishing boats, that are going out to sea.
It also alerted residents in areas under PSW No. 1 for possible flash floods and landslides. (PNA)