Over 9,000 passengers stranded in ports

Posted at 12/26/12 8:21 AM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – At least 9,402 passengers were stranded in various ports around the country due to Tropical Depression "Quinta", the Philippine Coast Guard said on Wednesday.

PCG Spokesperson Lt. Commander Armand Balilo said most of the stranded passengers were in ports in Batangas (3,593), Manila (2,550), and Calapan (2,090).

At least 163 rolling cargoes, 82 vessels, and 23 motorboats were also stranded due to the weather disturbance.

Balilo said more passengers were stranded in Batangas and Calapan ports as Quinta moved towards western Visayas, bringing rains to parts of southern Luzon.

Quinta, the second weather disturbance to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility this December, slammed into parts of Eastern Visayas on Tuesday evening, bringing rains to the provinces of Samar, Leyte, Cebu and Northern Bohol.

From being a storm, Quinta was downgraded to a tropical depression before noon Wednesday by the state weather bureau.

PAGASA said as of 10 a.m., Quinta was spotted in the vicinity of Roxas City, Capiz. Quinta, moving west at 24 kph, is expected to be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Friday morning.