'Amang' leaves over 13,000 stranded at seaports
MANILA, Philippines (5th UPDATE) – Over 13,000 passengers are stranded at various Philippine seaports as the government banned sea-faring due to strong winds brought by Tropical Storm Amang (international name Mekkhala).
As of 12 nn Sunday, January 18, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said a total of 13,668 passengers, 46 vessels, 23 motor boats, and 675 rolling cargoes were stranded in the affected ports.
UPDATE: Stranded due to #TSAmang as of 12NN, January 18: Passengers-13,668; Vessels-46; Motorbancas-23 & Rolling Cargoes-675.— PhilippineCoastGuard (@PhilCoastGuard1) January 18, 2015
These are ports in Manila, Eastern Visayas, Bicol, and Central Visayas, PCG said.
In its Facebook post, the PCG advised its units to bar vessel owners and operators from transporting people and goods during this weather disturbance. Violators could face fines of P50,000 and a 3-month license suspension.
State weather bureau PAGASA raised Storm Signal Number 2 over Leyte and 5 other areas as Amang intensified Saturday morning.
It is moving west at 17 kilometers per hour, with heavy to intense rainfall (7.5 to 20 mm) estimated within its 400 km diameter). – Rappler.com
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