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Published on : Monday, December 14, 2015
Forty domestic flights were canceled and nearly 8,000 sea travelers were stranded in ports in Philippines. Typhoon Melor, locally known as “Nona” has disrupted the voyage of 62 vessels, leaving 7,934 passengers stranded in various seaports in Bicol, Eastern and Central Visayas, Manila and Southern Tagalog.
In a report compiled by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), most passengers were not able to leave ports located in Southern Tagalog, with 3,253, while the typhoon stranded 2,266 passengers in Manila.
In Bicol, the Coast Guard recorded that 669 passengers were stuck at its port terminals. The other stranded passengers were in Eastern and Central Visayas, with 1,106 and 640, respectively.
The delay was prolonging the concern and agony of the sea travelers who have been stuck in these ports since the other day.
Many chose to stay put hoping for last minute changes in the schedule and the suspension on sea travel may be lifted.
Among the suspended boat trips were in Cebu, Batangas, Oriental Mindoro, and Masbate.
There were 552 “rolling cargoes” or vehicles that were not allowed to board cargo ships, PCG said.
Under the existing guidelines of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), the mother agency of PCG, all maritime vessels are not allowed to sail and barred from leavings port terminals when a public storm warning signals are raised.