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Passengers, vehicles stranded as Quinta intensifies

(2nd UPDATE) TACLOBAN, Philippines – Hundreds of passengers were stranded in various seaports in Eastern Visayas on Tuesday, December 25, due to Tropical Storm Quinta (Wukong).

Nearly 400 passengers were stranded in the ports of Hindang and Bato in Leyte, Liloan, and San Ricardo in Southern Leyte, and Allen in Northern Samar, according to the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Eastern Visayas.

In Dap Dap Ferry Terminal in Allen, Northern Samar, at least 36 people were stranded, according to a regional police report. The report added that nearly 100 passengers were stranded in Abucay Terminal in Tacloban City.

The OCD reported that at least 38 rolling vessels and 32 vehicles were stranded in the said seaports. A separate police report said that nearly 32 light vehicles and 42 heavy vehicles were stranded in Eastern Visayas.

Operations of ports and ferry terminals were suspended as early as 7 am in Leyte, and 11 am in Northern Samar.

The Philippine Coast Guard stations in the region stopped issuing navigational clearances to sea vessels, and advised fisherfolk not to sail out into the sea due to the storm.

Quinta has made landfall twice as of midnight on Wednesday, December 26, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration.

– Rappler.com