450 passengers stranded in Bicol ports due to Lawin
LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines – About 450 passengers have been stranded in some ports in the Bicol region on Tuesday, October 18, after the Philippine Coast Guard grounded sea vessels in Albay and Catanduanes due to Typhoon Lawin (Haima).
The PCG grounded the vessels after the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) raised Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 1 in Catanduanes as Lawin intensified on Tuesday morning.
Bernardo Rafaelito Alejandro, Office of Civil Defense regional director and Bicol Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chairman, said 24 rolling cargoes and 5 sea crafts were grounded at the Tabaco City international seaport in Albay, and two vessels at the San Andres seaport in Catanduanes.
Alejandro also warned fishermen in Catanduanes not to venture out to sea as big, strong waves are expected to pound on the high seas as Lawin traverses the island province on Tuesday.
Over a thousand passengers were stranded in the region when Typhoon Karen battered Bicol over the weekend.
Typhoon Lawin is expected to made landfall in Northern Luzon on Thursday, October 20. – Rappler.com