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More than 500 passengers stranded in Bicol, northern Mindanao ports


Over 500 passengers were stranded at ports of Bicol in southern Luzon and Northern Mindanao on Wednesday due to inclement weather from Tropical Depression Agaton.

As of 4 a.m., the Philippine Coast Guard said that a total of 582 passengers were stranded. Of this number, 25 passengers were stranded at Bulan port in Sorsogon, 470 were in Pulauan port in Dapitan and 87 in Nasipit port in Butuan.

At least 48 rolling cargoes and three vessels in Pulauan port and one vessel in Nasipit port were also prohibited to sail.

Meanwhile, a total of 27,591 outbound passengers were monitored in various ports nationwide as of 6 a.m.

Tropical Depression Agaton has slowed on its course toward the West Philippine Sea according to PAGASA's 5 a.m. severe weather bulletin.

It's center was estimated at 175 kilometers west northwest of Puerto Princesa City in Palawan.

While all tropical cyclone warning signals were lifted, moderate to heavy rains would still affect the Visayas, Bicol Region, Palawan, and Quezon province due to the trough of Agaton and the tail-end of a cold front.

PAGASA said that sea travel remains risky over the seaboards of northern and southern Luzon, eastern seaboard of Central Luzon, eastern and western seaboards of the Visayas, and eastern seaboard of Mindanao due to the surge of Northeast monsoon.—Marlly Rome Bondoc/LBG, GMA News