HUNDREDS of passengers were stranded as boat trips have been suspended on Monday, October 16, brought about by the inclement weather condition prevailing over Zamboanga Peninsula Region.
Lieutenant Commander Alvin Dagalea, Zamboanga Coastguard Station commander, said they suspend boat trips since Sunday, October 15, as rough seas prevailed in the Basilan Strait thereby dangerous for boats to sail.
Dagalea said that even the boat skippers themselves have not to cancel voyage due to strong winds and big waves spawned by the Inter-tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ).
Affected by the boat trips' suspension since Sunday are those plying from Zamboanga City to the nearby provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi as well as to Zamboanga del Sur.
Dagalea disclosed that some of the stranded passengers have slept overnight Sunday at the passenger terminal building but most went home.
Dagalea added that at least 265 passengers showed up on Monday at the local port.
Stranded passengers, especially those from Basilan, have seek refuge with their relatives in this city.
Dagalea said the boat trips will resume Tuesday but it will depend on the weather condition.
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) reported on Monday that Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will experience scattered light to moderate with occasionally heavy rains which may cause flood, landslide, strong winds and lightnings brought about by the ITCZ.
On Sunday, October 15, the ITCZ caused cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Bicol, Mimaropa, Western and Central Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Tawi-Tawi, Sulu and Basilan.