NDRRMC: 8,079 stranded, 935 evacuated in wake of Labuyo
Hundreds of passengers stranded in Albay due to Typhoon Labuyo. Hundreds of passengers heading for Virac, Catanduanes, are stranded in Tabaco Port in Albay on Sunday due to Typhoon Labuyo. Michael B. Jaucian
At least 8,079 passengers were stranded while 935 people have been evacuated in the wake of bad weather conditions brought by Typhoon Labuyo (Utor), the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said early Monday.
In its 4 a.m. update, the NDRRMC said most of those stranded were in Sorsogon with 2,825 and Southern Luzon with 2,469, and Eastern Visayas with 1,854.
Stranded as well were 32 vessels, 669 rolling cargoes and 10 motor bancas, it said.
A separate report on dzBB radio early Monday said many of the affected commuters had to spend the night at the ports.
As of 8:30 a.m., at least eight domestic flights were canceled due to Labuyo.
The Department of Transportation and Communications listed two flights each of Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines Express:
- 5J-821: Manila to Virac
- 5J-822: Virac to Manila
- 2P-084: Manila to Basco
- 2P-085: Basco to Manila
In a separate advisory, Cebu Pacific announced the cancellation of four more flights:
- 5J-839 and 840: Zamboanga to Tawi-tawi and back
- 5J-404 and 405: Manila to Laoag and back
"Affected passengers will be accommodated on the next available flights. Passengers also have the option to rebook their flights up to 30 days from the date of cancellation," Cebu Pacific said.
A report by dzBB's correspondent Ronald Leander said power was knocked out in some parts of Central Luzon before dawn Monday.
Meanwhile, the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines adopted measures to minimize the impact of Labuyo on its facilities.
The NDRRMC also said 224 families or 935 people had been affected in Bicol alone.
The 935 were brought to San Lorenzo Academy, La Medella Elementary School and Day Care Center of La Medella in Albay; and Mercedes Central Elementary School in Camarines Norte.
Classes had been suspended in at least 28 areas in Metro Manila, Calabarzon and Central Luzon as of 4 a.m., it added.
For its part, the Department of Social Welfare and Development has prepositioned P160.23 million in emergency relief resources. —KG, GMA News