The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Tuesday said that a total of 2,792 passengers, drivers and cargo helpers were stranded in various ports in Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, and northeastern Mindanao after sea trips were suspended due to Typhoon Bising.
In an update, the PCG reported that 1,032 rolling cargoes were also stranded while 55 vessels and 54 motorbancas were taking shelter in the said areas due to the weather disturbance.
As of 4 a.m. April 20, the PCG monitored 1,185 stranded individuals in the Eastern Visayas; 435 rolling cargoes and 14 vessels were also stranded in the region’s ports.
In Bicol, 971 passengers, drivers and helpers were reported stranded, as well as three vessels and 325 rolling cargoes.
Around 109 individuals were also stranded in Central Visayas as well as 19 vessels and 75 rolling cargoes; while in northeastern Mindanao, 527 persons were stranded along with 197 rolling cargoes.
The PCG noted rough sea condition over northeastern Mindanao while moderate to rough sea condition was observed in Bicol region.
As of the 11 a.m. severe weather bulletin, PAGASA said Typhoon Bising has maintained its strength while slowly moving north-northwestward east of Quezon.
Bising was last located at 475 kilometers east of Infanta, Quezon, packing sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 215 kilometers per hour.
Bising is forecast to gradually weaken throughout the forecast period and may be downgraded to severe tropical storm by Saturday evening or Sunday morning, PAGASA said.