Hundreds of stranded individuals, vessels recorded as typhoon Rolly approaches

Published October 31, 2020, 5:34 PM

by Betheena Unite

More than a thousand individuals are stranded in various port terminals in Bicol and Eastern Visayas on Oct. 31, Saturday afternoon, as typhoon Rolly approaches the Philippines.

A total of 1,360 passengers, truck drivers, and cargo helpers have been prevented from traveling in ports in both regions, according to the Philippine Coast Guard Command Center.

Some 33 vessels, three motorbancas, and 517 rolling cargoes have also been stranded in Bicol and Eastern Visayas.

Most of the stranded passengers, vessels, and rolling cargoes have been recorded in port terminals in Bicol. Affected ports are Port of Pioduran, Port of Legazpi, Port of Bacacay, Port of Rapu-Rapu, Port of Tabaco, Port of Pasacao, Port of Masbate, Port of San Jacinto, Port of San Pascual, Port of Cataingan, Port of Aroroy, Port of Matnog, and Port of Pilar.

While other stranded individuals and vessels have been monitored at the Port of Sta. Clara, Port of Balwartico, and Port of Dapdap in Eastern Visayas.

Moreover, seven vessels and 40 motorbancas have also taken shelter in both regions as a precautionary measure against possible threats of the tropical storm.

“The PCG Command Center is on 24/7 monitoring to strictly implement guidelines on the movement of vessels during heavy weather. Coast Guard districts, stations, and sub-Stations across the country are on standby to respond to emergency situations, in coordination with local government units and disaster response teams,” the Coast Guard said.

Meanwhile, a total of 128 families have been evacuated by Coast Guard teams in Barangay Ipil and Barangay Iraya in Buhi, Camarines Sur where signal no. 2 is hoisted as of Saturday morning.