• UPDATE 2: Typhoon strands 5,000 passengers

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    Close to 5,000 passengers, 463 rolling cargoes, 46 vessels and 66 motor boats were stranded in major ports in the country because of Typhoon Glenda.

    The 4,927 stranded passengers are in seven regions hard hit by the storm, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) public affairs office said on Wednesday.

    The regions are the National Capital Region (NCR), Bicol, Southern Tagalog, Western Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Eastern Visayas and Palawan.

    The Coast Guard said 350 passengers were unable to board vessels in North Harbor in Manila.

    In the Port of Lamao in Limay, Bataan, the MT Saulito was stranded, and in Laguna there were two stranded motor bancas.

    In Bicol, 1,298 passengers were stranded in Pio Duran; Albay (99); Bulan, Sorsogon (20), Pilar, Sorsogon (96), Matnog, Sorsogon (1,011), Virac, Catanduanes (3), Bapor, Masbate (33), Cataingan, Masbate (8), Pasacao, Camarines Sur (14); Tamban, Camarines Sur (14).

    In Southern Tagalog, 2,035 passenger were stranded in Batangas (1,439), Mamburao (23), Calapan (458), and Lucena (115).

    In Western Visayas 627 passengers were stranded in Caticlan (336), Iloilo (151), Bacolod (140), Roxas (10).

    In Northern Mindanao, 377 passengers had to stay put in Surigao (127), Osamiz (250).

    In Region 8,117 passenger were stranded. These passengers were from the Maasin port in Leyte (407), with a total of 49 stranded rolling cargoes and 3 stranded vessels.

    In Palawan, 123 passengers were stranded in Cuyo (87) and Coron (36).

    ROBERTZON F. RAMIREZ

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