Over 6,300 stranded at seaports due to Typhoon Ompong
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MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – More than 6,300 passengers were stranded as of Saturday midnight, September 15 after sea trips were canceled due to Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut).
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said at least 6,309 passengers, 1,193 rolling cargoes, 161 vessels, and 91 motor boats were stranded in various ports between 8 pm of Thursday, September 14, to 12 am of Friday.
The passengers were at ports in Sorsogon, Albay, Camarines Sur, Northern Samar, Western Leyte, Southern Leyte, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Batangas, Romblon, Quezon, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration advised fishermen and others with small sea vessels not to venture out into the seaboards of areas under tropical cyclone warning signals, and in the eastern seaboards of the Visayas and Mindanao.
The PCG earlier ordered its units in Northern Luzon and Central Luzon to prepare for Ompong.
PCG Commandant Admiral Elson Hermogino said they must "remind and prevent all types of interisland vessels from sailing" in areas where tropical cyclone warning signals would be raised.
The Maritime Industry Authority is also providing advisories on interisland trips through this Twitter thread. – Rappler.com
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