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Typhoon Egay prompts suspension of Boracay water activities

Super Typhoon Egay brought giant waves in Boracay island prompting the suspension of water sports activities in the area.

According to Mark Salazar's "24 Oras" report on Tuesday, two tourists almost drowned. One of them was rushed to the hospital.

In Puerto Princesa, Palawan, residents evacuated to safety with their domestic animals and pets as water rose knee-deep due to rains.

Several rivers in the province have also overflowed, and the authorities immediately conducted rescue operations.

“‘Yong ibang rivers natin, ‘yong mga tubig dito partikular sa norte, ‘yong mga tuloy d’yan ‘yong iba ay nag-overflow na pero passable pa rin,” said Richard Ligar, city information officer.

Egay also caused strong winds and rain in Northern Samar and San Antonio Island.

Due to the bad weather, trips from ports in Northern Samar, Biliran and Leyte are cancelled.

At least 625 individuals were stranded as 172 sea vessel trips were suspended.

A total of 206  passengers remained waiting at the Caticlan Jetty Port due to the cancellation of Roll-On Roll-Off and ship operations.

In Bacolod, Bureau of Fire Protection personnel helped rescue Barangay Pahanocoy residents trapped in neck-deep floods.

The entire Cordillera is on red alert status due to the typhoon. A preemptive evacuation has been carried out for the residents at risk of landslides, and the food packs are also ready for distribution.

Around 150 families were affected by the widespread flooding in Pigcawayan, Cotabato. Houses were also submerged in water in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi due to the rains.—Sherylin Untalan/LDF, GMA Integrated News