151 passengers stranded in Bohol ports due to ‘Basyang’

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) recorded a total of 151 stranded passengers in Bohol’s major ports on Tuesday as sea travel in the province was suspended due to Tropical Depression “Basyang.”

According to PPA Tagbilaran manager Engr. James Gantalao, 68 boat passengers were stranded in Tagbilaran, 70 in Jagna and 13 in Ubay.

Gantalao said that many of the passengers have already left the seaports.

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However, other passengers opted to wait for the resumption of sea trips.

According to Gantalao, congestion is expected in all of the province’s major seaports once the storm signal is lifted and sea trips resume.

Meanwhile, the province of Bohol remained under Strom Signal Number 1 based on the the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) 2 p.m. weather update.

PAGASA has earlier ordered the suspension of sea travel in areas where a storm signal is hoisted.

In its latest weather bulletin, PAGASA said that Basyang was already traversing the Bohol Sea.

The storm was packing maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

It is forecast to move west northwest at 27 kph, PAGASA said. (AD)



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