BATANGAS CITY, Sept. 15 (PIA) — Hundreds of passengers who remain stranded at the Batangas port were given free meals on Saturday after they have spent two days waiting for the lifting of sea travel suspension due to stormy weather.
Close to 400 passengers and more than 100 roll-on-roll-off (RoRo) vehicles have been stranded at the port since Friday as a result of rough seas caused by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) which made a landfall in Baggao, Cagayan at 1:40 am.
The authorities have yet to lift the suspension in the afternoon on sea voyage that was imposed Friday.
Fe Faytaren, Passenger Assistance and RoRo Operations Manager of Asian Terminal Inc., said 311 passengers were still waiting inside the Batangas port’s Terminal 2 while 111 RoRo vehicles were at the port’s vicinity. Of the stranded passengers, 28 were senior citizens and 20 were children. Most passengers were bound for the provinces of Mindoro and Romblon.
Faytaren said to ease passengers’ woes, free meals were distributed courtesy of shipping companies, Asian Terminal Inc., Philippine National Red Cross and the Batangas social welfare office.
Meanwhile, Ompong’s landfall in Saturday morning also brought intermittent intense rains and gusty winds in the Calabarzon provinces which remain under storm signal Number 1.
The Office of CIvil Defense-Calabarzon said no casualties were reported but at least two houses were totally damaged in Ternate, Cavite and another in Real, Quezon while nine other houses were partially damaged in those two provinces.
Power outages were reported in Cavite, Laguna, Batangas and Quezon but were immediately restored. Uprooted trees caused temporarily road blockage in the towns of San Nicolas and Sta Teresita in Batangas while knee-deep flooding was reported in the villages of Tagumpay and Tranca in Bay, Laguna.
In Cavite, 2,379 families or 6,480 individuals were affected. At least 1,041 families in Laguna; 105 families in Batangas; 1094 families in Rizal and 742 in Quezon heeded calls for pre-emptive evacuation. They have returned to their homes Saturday afternoon. (MCA/PIA4A pooled report)
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