Some seaports in areas affected by Severe Tropical Storm (STS) “Paeng” have already resumed operations on Sunday, October 30, allowing stranded passengers to continue their journeys in time for “Undas” 2022.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said the number of stranded passengers peaked from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. Sunday when it hit 10,464 just as Paeng left the Luzon landmass.
There were also 2,848 rolling cargoes, 152 ships and 12 motorbancas which were stranded in 135 affected ports in the National Capital Region (NCR), Bicol, South Tagalog, Palawan, Western Visayas, Central Visayas , Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao and the Northeast. Mindanao.
However, the number of stranded passengers fell to 2,471 as of 8 a.m. as some major ports allowed sea travel to resume.
“As of 2 a.m., the ports of Bicol, Eastern Visayas and northeastern Mindanao resumed their voyages,” PCG spokesman Commodore Armando Balilo told reporters.
“[Trips] in Manila and Batangas are still suspended,” he added.
Look for and rescue
The PCG also continued its search and rescue operations in flood-affected areas across the country.
In the town of Himamaylayan, Negros Occidental, around 120 families from Barangay Aguisan were evacuated by Coast Guard rescue teams after the flood reached their necks.
Coastguard responders also transported 500 sacks of rice which will be distributed to typhoon victims in Roxas City, Capiz.
In Maguindanao, the PCG recovered 15 corpses and evacuated 758 families comprising 1,962 residents during their search, rescue and recovery operations.
Even Metro Manila is not spared by Paeng. The PCG rescued 15 residents of the town of Taguig after they were trapped in their homes due to thigh-deep flooding on Saturday night.
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