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About 4,000 Passengers In Bicol Stranded Due To Tropical Depression “Usman”

USMAN – On Thursday, stranded passengers in the Bicol region rose up to 3,839 due to tropical depression “Usman”, which is expected to fall on Friday.

Usman is packed with maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) and 65 kph moving west-northwest at 10 kph. There is a possibility that it could turn into a tropical storm before it hits Eastern Samar.

After that, it will also cross Leyte, Panay Island, Sulu Sea, Palawan, and the West Philippine Sea. PAGASA already issued Signal No. 1 on areas in most of Visayas and some areas in Luzon.

Meanwhile, due to the tropical depression, as of Thursday, 3,839 passengers are stranded in the Bicol region.

Municipality of Matnog emphasized in the map Photo uplifted from: Tide Forecast

According to Inquirer, Raden Dimaano, chief of the Sorsogon Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said that there is a 1-kilometer queue full of bus and trucks that are waiting outside Matnog port as of 7PM Thursday, with most of the passengers came from Matnog.

The stranded passengers stayed at the port. Some other passengers came from the following:

  • 156 from Pasacao in Camarines Sur;
  • 220 from Pilar and 45 from Bulan in Sorsogon;
  • 14 from Virac
  • 6 from San Andres; and
  • 390 from Pio Duran in Albay.

As per the report, 163 rolling cargoes and 173 vehicles were prevented from sailing on Thursday.

That aside, the public were advised to take precautionary measures for possible flash floods and landslides due to Usman.

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