Monday, October 19, 2015

Sea travel back to normal in Bicol
By Nancy Ibo Mediavillo

LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 19 (PNA) -- Trips of water vessels have been resumed in Bicol since Sunday after they were suspended for several days, stranding hundreds of passengers in the various ports of the region due to typhoon "Lando."

A report of the Office of Civil Defense 5 said 18 boats failed to sail while 82 trucks, buses, light vehicles and seven motorized bancas were held at bay.

At least 890 passengers were not able to reach their destination as they were stranded at the ports of Tabaco (going to Catanduanes), Pioduran (bound for Masbate), San Andres and Virac, Catanduanes (for mainland Bicol); Pasacao, Camarines Sur; Bulan, Sorsogon and Victory Village, Legazpi City.

Meanwhile, disaster authorities evacuated 320 persons in the provinces of Catanduanes and Camarines Sur.

The OCD said there were 21 partially damaged houses and seven totally damaged shelters in Garchitorena, Camarines Sur; two partially damaged in San Juan, Del Gallego, Camarines Sur and one partially damaged in Catanduanes.

Electric service has been restored in areas where power was temporarily cut off, except in the towns of Balatan, Siruma, Del Gallego, Libmanan, Cabusao and Lagonoy in Camarines Sur.

Flooding was reported in San Juan, Del Gallego; Del Pilar, San Fernando; Baliuag Viejo, Minalabac; Sta. Lucia, San Isidro, and San Juan in Magarao.

Waters, however, have subsided already as of latest report Monday reaching the OCD.

It said all national roads and bridges in the six Bicol provinces are passable. (PNA) FFC/FGS/NIM/CBD/EBP