'Pablo' batters several areas in Palawan

Not even areas in Palawan province that have gained fame in the tourism industry were spared from the wrath of Tropical Cyclone Pablo (Bopha) when it made landfall over the province Wednesday.

Famous tourist destinations such as El Nido and Coron were among the areas affected by Pablo, which has since weakened into a tropical storm, radio dzBB's Palawan affiliate James Viernes reported Thursday.

The report said at least 33 families were affected in El Nido. Other areas affected included Taytay (47 families), Roxas (108 families), Culion, Coron, Araceli, and Cagayancillo.

Pablo has since weakened into a tropical storm

and has started moving away from the Philippines as of Thursday morning, but not before leaving at least 300 dead.

Meanwhile, dzBB reported at least seven fishermen aboard two bancas that sank off Araceli in Palawan were rescued.

The fishermen were aboard the bancas "Jasmine" and "Raquel," both owned by one Rodrigo Sosa, the report said.

Earlier reports had also said some 1,200 coastal residents of Palawan had been moved to safer grounds. —KG, GMA News