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Over 3,000 stranded by big waves

More than 3,000 passengers have been stranded in the Visayas Sunday morning due to big waves and strong winds, the Philippine Coast Guard said.

In its latest update, the Coast Guard said its Bicol personnel have been monitoring the movement of sea vessels in the area, particulary in Matnog port in Sorsogon, where some 3,021 passengers were stranded as of 8 a.m. At least nine vessels were stranded, it added.

The weather bureau has warned sea vessels in Visayas and Mindanao about big waves, placing several seaboards under the gale warning. It also warned fishermen in the affected area not to venture out to sea.

Weather forecasters said the Visayas and Mindanao will experience moderate to heavy rain showers and thunderstorms on Sunday that may trigger flash floods and landslides due to a low pressure area spotted 190 kilometers east of General Santos City as of 11 a.m. (Ron Lopez)