Bising cancels ferry
trips, strands passengers in Liloan, Ormoc ports
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
Philippine Coast Guards in Liloan,
Southern Leyte and
Ormoc City in Leyte
cancelled ferry trips the whole day of
February 13, 2009, due to tropical depression Bising.
This was learned from
the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council of Eastern Visayas
Operations Center as of 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon of February 13.
As a result of the
cancellation of trips, about 151 passengers were stranded at the
Liloan Ferry Terminal in Southern Leyte. Of the 151 passengers, 74
were male, 61 were female and 16 were children.
Also stranded at the
Liloan Ferry Terminal were 37 vehicles, of which 18 were light
vehicles, 1 bus, and 18 trucks.
The number of ships at
the port is three and the number of ships on hold is three, the report
of the RDCC OpCen signed by RDCC Executive Director Angel Gaviola,
Meanwhile, at the
Baseport in Ormoc City, 322 passengers and 37 vehicles were stranded.
The number of ships at the Ports is 3 and there is only one ship which
is on hold.
Storm Signal No. 1
previously declared in Eastern Samar, Western Samar, Biliran Island,
Leyte Provinces, Northern Cebu and Bohol in the Visayas as well as in
Dinagat Province, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur
and Agusan del Norte in Mindanao was lifted as of 5:00 in the
afternoon of Friday.
In a weather bulletin
issued Friday afternoon, PAGASA said Bising "has weakened into a low
pressure area as it interacted with the land mass of northern Mindanao
and eastern Visayas." It was spotted 70 kilometers northeast of
Surigao City at 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon of Friday.
Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration
said, however, that the affected areas could still experience heavy
rains and residents "are alerted against possible flashfloods and