180 passengers stranded in Lapu

AT least 180 passengers were stranded in Hilton and Angasil wharves in Lapu-Lapu City, after motorboats were not allowed to sail due to rough seas yesterday.

City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (CDRRM) Officer Andy Berame said some of the stranded persons, especially those who had no relatives in the city, were allowed to temporarily stay in Mactan Barangay Hall.

“They were told to stay there until the gale warning would be lifted,” Berame said in Cebuano.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Administration (Pagasa) in Mactan lifted the warning yesterday afternoon.

There were more or less 100 stranded passengers in Hilton and 80 in Angasil.

Personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard were on standby at the two wharves to make sure no motorboat will leave, according to Berame.

Passengers in Hilton and Angasil were supposed to travel to Olango Island and Bohol.

Berame said the officials of Barangay Mactan provided the stranded passengers with meals in the barangay hall.

Other passengers just stayed in the houses of their relatives in Lapu-Lapu after they were informed that their boats could not sail.

Personnel of CDRRM Office led by Berame monitored the two wharves the whole day yesterday.

Pagasa Mactan yesterday said Cebu may have good weather today with the exit of Typhoon Paolo from Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

As of 3:00 pm yesterday, Typhoon Paolo was seen east northeast of Basco, Batanes and is expected to hit east of South Japan today.

“The circulation of the typhoon has a wide area of influence,” Quiblat said.

He said that most of the typhoons that passed the Philippines every year are usually up to 500 in diameter only.

Paolo brought heavy rains and floods in the entire country, Quiblat said.

Quiblat said there is no sign yet of an incoming weather disturbance. But Cebu will experience foul weather towards the end of the year because of La Niña.

Yesterday morning and the other day, the Cebu Port Authority (CPA) announced the cancellation of several trips to various destinations because of gale warning due to heavy waves.

Pagasa Mactan lifted the warning yesterday afternoon. (FMG, EOB)
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