• Mario strands 2,000 passengers in regions

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    AT LEAST 2,480 passengers were stranded from bad weather caused by Storm Mario (international name: Fung-wong), the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said on Friday.

    The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) said also Friday that some areas in Laguna and Rizal had their power supply cut as a safety precaution because of the storm.

    Based on the 2p.m. twitter post of the PCG, the agency said that stranded passengers were reported from the Coast Guard Districts in the National Capital Region (Metro Manila or NCR), Cebu, Southern Tagalog, Western Visayas and Bicol.

    The PCG also said that there were 252 rolling cargoes, 15 vessels and seven motor bancas (boats) that were stranded because of bad weather.

    “PCG Units are placed on heightened alert to be able to respond in any emergency situation,” the PCG said.

    It added that the coast guard units will also ensure the strict implementation of Memorandum Circular 02-13, or the guidelines on the movement of vessels during heavy rains.

    Meralco power cuts
    Meralco cut power in some areas in Laguna and Rizal as a safety precaution.

    ”In Laguna, Calamba, Los Baños, Biñan and Sta. Rosa are affected. In Rizal, Antipolo, Cainta, Baras, Binangonan, Cardona, Jala-jala, Morong, Teresa, Tanay, San Mateo, Pililla and Rodriguez have also been de-energized,” Meralco said in a statement.

    Moreover, it said that some areas in Tondo, Navotas, Malabon, Valenzuela, Marikina, Parañaque and Pasay were also forced to have power outage.

    The distribution company pointed out that electricity were turned off in low-lying areas where there is severe flooding.

    ”We seek our customers’ understanding, and we assure that this is a safety measure and that power will be returned as soon as the waters subside,” Meralco said.

    Also, Meralco stressed it is on standby to attend to electrical facilities in areas which might have been affected by flooding.

    On the other hand, Meralco said that electrical devices and appliances during flooding must be turned off, including the main electrical power switch or circuit breaker; all appliances must be unplugged; light bulbs must be unscrewed; and mud and dirt removed from service equipment or fuses to make sure that all electrical connections, connectors and other wiring devices are dry. An electrician should be the one to check the electrical equipment once these is dried and cleaned.

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