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MANILA, Philippines – More than 7,800 passengers were stranded after sea trips were canceled due to Tropical Depression Samuel.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said at least 7,829 passengers, 1,069 rolling cargoes, 193 vessels, and 50 motorboats were stranded in various ports as of noon on Tuesday, November 20.
The passengers were at ports in Manila, Pasig City, Cebu, Bohol, Occidental Mindoro, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Masbate, Albay, Surigao del Norte, Zamboanga del Norte, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Siquijor, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Northern Samar, Iloilo, Capiz, and Antique.
The number of stranded passengers later went down to 7,680 as of 4 pm on Tuesday.
By 8 pm on Wednesday, November 21, the figure was down to 2,280.
The PCG shared photos of its personnel in Central Visayas providing food and drinks to those who were stranded.