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
- Southern Leyte
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