Typhoon 'Santi' update: Hundreds of ferry boat passengers stranded in Batangas port; Lemery River overflows

October 30, 2009 11:45 pm 

BATANGAS CITY, Batangas, Oct. 31 -– Over 800 ferry boat passengers, mostly hometown-bound for the All Saints’ Day and All Souls' Day observance, were stranded here early Saturday due to the cancellation of trips going to Mindoro and Romblon provinces because of big waves caused by typhoon “Santi.”

Batangas Port officials said about 800 passengers are still waiting in Terminal 3, aside from 100 others in Terminal 2, and more than 100 vehicles have been parked at the staging area and outside the port since 6 p.m. Friday.

Assistant Port Terminal Manager Fe Faytaren said in a text message that trips of roll-on, roll-off (Ro-Ro) vessels were canceled at 3 a.m. Saturday, forcing passengers going to Romblon to spend the day at the terminal.

All fast-craft vessels were grounded after public storm warning signal No. 2 was hoisted over the province.

In a related development, Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-4A official Bhaby de Castro said heavy rains caused the overflow of the Pansipit River in Lemery, Batangas.

De Castro said a portion of the Malinis-Palanas National Road was rendered impassable to all types of vehicles. (PNA) scs/JCA

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