By Marie Tonette Marticio
TACLOBAN City – About 980 passengers were stranded in six different ports in Eastern Visayas due to Tropical Depression “Amang”.
Coastguard Eastern Visayas Commander Captain Giovanni Begantin said that, as of 8 a.m. Monday (January 21), 140 rolling cargoes and eight vessels were stranded, while five vessels and five motor bancas took shelter in the region because of the raging waters.
He added that fisherfolk and those with seacraft were advised not to venture out to sea as early as Sunday morning.
Classes were also suspended in six provinces under storm signal number 1 due to moderate to heavy rains expected.
Residents, especially those living in flood and landslide prone areas, were advised to prepare for possible evacuation.
As of 7 a.m. Monday, PAGASA said that the center of TD “Amang” was in the vicinity of Guiuan, Eastern Samar with a maximum sustained winds of 45 kph and 60 kph gustiness.