By Betheena Kae Unite
Typhoon Rosita left over 2,000 stranded passengers in some ports in Luzon and Visayas Tuesday, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.
A total of 2,267 passengers were monitored stranded in ports in Batangas, Romblon, Southern Quezon, Northern Quezon, Aklan, Capiz, Camarines Sur, and Cagayan as of Tuesday noon.
A number of passengers were prevented to travel in Verde Island Port in Batangas where more than 1, 900 passengers were stranded and 128 rolling cargoes were prevented to sail.
A total of 139 rolling cargoes and 15 vessels were prevented to sail from those places since Tuesday noon, the Coast Guard said.
Roads in Region 2
Meanwhile, majority of national roads in Region 2 that were affected by typhoon Rosita have been cleared of obstruction and became passable starting Tuesday noon, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
All national roads and bridges were safe and passable to all types of vehicles in the islands of Batan, Sabtang and Itbayat starting Tuesday noon.
All road sections within the first district of Cagayan were open to all types of vehicle except Abusag overflow Bridge along Baybayog-San Jose-Baggao-Dalin-Sta. Margarita Road which was closed to traffic due to high elevation of Abusag River.
National, secondary, and tertiary roads in the second and third districts of the province were declared safe for travel.
Further, all roads and bridges in Isabela were already cleared of debris and passable to all types of vehicles. However, in the fourth district of the province, many electrical post were about to fall due to the impact of the typhoon. Linemen of Isabela Electric were already positioned to fix the problem.
In Nueva Vizcaya, Daang Maharlika and other roads and bridges — Runruno Bridge and Bambang-Kasibu-Solano Road– were under assessment and were only open for light vehicles. Clearing operations on roads covered with fallen trees were also underway.
However, the San Pedro Conc. overflow bridge along NRJ Villa Hermosa-San Pedro-Cabua-an-Ysmael-Disimungal Road in Barangay San Pedro,Madella ,Quirino was impassable due to high water level.
Ngilinan Bridge along NRJ Villa Hermosa-San Pedro-Cabua-an Ysmel Disimungal Road in Barangay San Pedro Maddela was also not passable due to high water level. Clearing operations in these areas were also being conducted.