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‘Basyang’ strands over 9,000 passengers

A total of 9,023 passengers were stranded due to tropical depression “Basyang”, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.

These passengers were stranded in Metro Manila, Visayas, Bicol, and Northern Mindanao ports.

“A total of 9,023 passengers are stranded as of February 1, 6 a.m.,” the PCG said.

Most of these passengers were stuck in North and South Harbor and other National Capital Region ports with 3,075 stranded passengers.

In Eastern Visayas, 1,764 passengers were stranded in Catbalogan and 1,664 in Sorsogon port.

Other affected ports are Cebu and Dumaguete in Central Visayas with 1,025 stranded passengers; Ormoc and Maasin in Eastern Visayas with 471; Masbate with 82; Iloilo and Bacolod in Western Visayas with 877; and Surigao and Ozamis in Northern Mindanao with 65.

The PCG suspended all sailings, including fishing operations, but travelers still went to the terminals despite warnings from the state weather bureau.

There were 81 vessels and 10 motorboats that were prohibited from sailing while 992 rolling cargoes were not allowed to board cargo ships, the maritime agency said.

PCG has not yet reported any maritime incidents caused by “Basyang.” (Raymund F. Antonio)