MANILA, Philippines — A total of 3,007 passengers were stranded in various ports in the country amid the onslaught of Tropical Storm Dante, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said Wednesday.
In its latest update, the PCG said the stranded passengers, including driver and cargo helpers, were monitored in the ports of Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Southern Tagalog, Northeastern Mindanao, and Bicol regions.
Of the total stranded passengers, 1,433 were recorded in Eastern Visayas, 411 in Central Visayas, 325 in Southern Tagalog, 44 in Northeastern Mindanao, and 794 in Bicol.
The coast guard said 73 vessels, three motorbancas, and 792 rolling cargoes were also prohibited from setting sail amid the storm.
Meanwhile, 87 vessels and 84 motorbancas are taking shelter as a precautionary measure against the possible threat of the storm.
“The PCG Command Center is on 24/7 monitoring to strictly implement the movement of vessels during heavy weather,” it said.
Based on the latest weather bulletin from the state weather bureau, Tropical Storm Dante was estimated over the coastal waters of Pola, Oriental Mindoro, or 45 kilometers east southeast of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro.
It is packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph. It is moving west-northwestward at 25 kph.
Tropical cyclone wind signals remain hoisted over 24 areas including Metro Manila.
The PCG said that its deployable response groups deployed in the affected areas are all set for possible evacuation or rescue operations in coordination with their respective local government units.