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Published on : Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Inclement weather caused by tropical depression Zoraida has stranded 2,284 passengers in ports in Cebu, Tagbilaran, and Dumaguete, the Philippine Coast Guard said on Tuesday.
The Coast Guard stopped 36 ships from sailing, three motorbancas, and 35 rolling cargoes.
All the Coast Guard units went on heightened alert to respond to any emergency and to ensure the strict implementation of suspension of maritime activities during a public storm warning.
Meanwhile, over 4,000 liters of bunker oil were spilled off the waters of Barangay Botongan, Estancia, Iloilo after a power barge owned by the National Power Corp. (Napocor) ran aground on November 8 due to Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan).
The barge crew has already started siphoning the spilled bunker fuel, while dispersant chemical was sprayed at the shoreline of Botongan to remove the oil stuck in the sand.
The Coast Guard has also deployed two dump trucks to collect the oil.