Typhoon Labuyo Strands 3,485 Passengers in Bicol

2012_0908_bicolThe number of stranded passengers since Saturday in major ports in Bicol due to Typhoon “Labuyo,” has reached 3,485 as of 11:00 a.m. Sunday, according to an official of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC).

Bernardo Rafael Alejandro, Office of Civil Defense Regional Director and RDRRMC chair, said also stranded were 149 trucks, 78 cars, 64 buses, 31 sea vessels and 9 motorized bancas.

Albay has 786 passengers, 23 trucks, 9 cars, 8 buses, 8 sea vessels and 2 motor bancas affected.

Catanduanes has 34 stranded passengers; Sorsogon, 2,612; Masbate, 15, and Camarines Sur, 38.

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

He said that although Catanduanes is under public storm warning signal no. 3, Camarines provinces under signal no. 2 and Albay and Sorsogon (with Ticao and Burias Islands) under signal no. 1, the entire region in general has not been experiencing any direct or adverse effect from “Labuyo.”

Salceda, however, 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. (PNA)

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