4,500 people stranded by ‘Caloy’ | Inquirer News

4,500 people stranded by ‘Caloy’

By: - Reporter / @santostinaINQ
/ 07:54 PM March 22, 2014

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MANILA, Philippines—More than 4,500 passengers were stranded Saturday in the Visayas and Mindanao due to Tropical Depression Caloy, the Philippine Coast Guard said.

A total of 4,501 passengers, 576 rolling cargoes, 61 vessels and 21 motor bancas were stranded in various ports as of 4 p.m. Saturday.

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The Coast Guard said 1,543 people were stranded in the ports of Cebu, Tagbilaran and Dumaguete; 1,647 in Iloilo and Bacolod ports; 120 in Ormoc.

In Northern Mindanao, there were 1,191 people stranded in the ports of Cagayan de Oro, Surigao, Ozamis and Butuan.

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The PCG said its units had been placed on heightened alert “to respond to any emergency situation.”

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