16 ports closed due to Yolanda

The Philippine Ports Authority suspends port operations in key areas nationwide

READY. Philippine Coast Guard Commandant Rear Admiral Rodolfo Isorena (2-R) examines newly acquired rubber boats at the Coast Guard headquarters in Manila, Philippines, 06 November 2013, in preparation to the approaching Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). EPA/Dennis Sabangan

MANILA, Philippines – Operations in at least 16 ports have been suspended due to supertyphoon Yolanda, the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) said on Thursday, November 7.

The ports that have been shut down include those in Ormoc (Baseport), Baybay in Leyte, Palompon in Leyte, Naval in Biliran, Isabel in Leyte, Surigao, Lipata in Surigao, Batangas, Poctoy, Lucena, Tabaco, Masbate, Albay, Legazpi, Tagbilaran, and Dumaguete.

“No vessels at port, no cargo handling. Ro-Ro operations have been hold in abeyance starting today until typhoon Yolanda leaves,” the PPA said in a statement.

Storm signal number 4 has been raised in these provinces:

  • Eastern Samar
  • Samar
  • Leyte
  • Southern Leyte
  • Biliran

Projecting storm surges because of supertyphoon Yolanda, the Coast Guard also stopped ships from sailing leaving at least 2,148 passengers stranded as of 4 pm.

The Coast Guard stopped 63 passenger vessels, 7 rolling cargos, and 20 motor bancas in the Visayas and Bicol regions, according to National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) spokesperson Major Reynaldo Balido. – Rappler.com