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‘Glenda’ strands close to 6,500 people

Close to 6,500 people were stranded in seaports affected by typhoon “Glenda” in Bicol, Southern Tagalog and Eastern Visayas, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said Tuesday.

As of 12 noon, 634 rolling cargoes, 34 vessels, and 11 motor boats were not able to leave various ports in these regions.

Coast Guard said the Matnog port in Sorsogon had the highest number of stranded passengers, with 993, followed by Tabaco at 460.

Also stranded were 192 rolling cargoes and 14 vessels and motor boats in the Port of Cataingan, Masbate; Port of Pasacao, Camarines Sur; Ports of Bulan and Pilar, Sorsogon; and Pio Duran in Albay.

The Coast Guard was able to issue safety bulletins to vessels before “Glenda” making a landfall, PCG spokesperson Commander Armand Balilo said.

In Batangas, 21 vessels and six motor boats were grounded, affecting 1,565 passengers.

The other stranded ships and rolling cargoes were in the Ports of Mamburao, Calapan, and Lucena, all in Southern Tagalog. In Eastern Visayas, 1,518 passengers were stuck in Catbalogan port.