Stranded passengers reach 7,647 as typhoon Santi makes a landfall

October 31, 2009 11:34 am 

MANILA, Oct. 31 –The number of stranded sea travelers slightly increased to 7,647 as the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) suspended vessels from leaving and traveling to areas that have been placed by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) under Public Storm Warning Signal (PSWS) 2 and 3.

Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo, PCG commandant, said as of 12 noon Saturday, the number of stranded passengers in Southern Tagalog, Bicol, National Capital Region (NCR), Central Luzon, Western Visayas and Eastern Visayas rose to 7,647 as compared to Friday’s 7,480 ship passengers.

Lt. Commander Armand Balilo, PCG spokesman, said of 7,647 stranded passengers, there were 620 in Batangas, 365 in Lucena, 840 in Calapan, 40 in San Jose and 122 in Real.

In Bicol, there were 11 stranded passengers in Tamban, 605 in Tabaco, 21 in Pasacao, and 115 in Pio Duran. There are 568 who got stranded in Matnog, Sorsogon.

In the NCR and Central Luzon, there were 950 stranded sea travelers in Manila and four in Bataan.

In Western Visayas, there were 1,724 who got stranded in Bacolod and 575 in Caticlan while there were 1,087 in Central Eastern Visayas.

PCG Unit Commanders in the area were closely monitoring and rendering assistance to ensure the security and safety of stranded passengers and vessels, according to Balilo. (PNA)

RMA/JES

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