T. Ursula puts over 23,000 passengers stranded in terminals, ports nationwide

Maris Federez

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Ursula has put several international and domestic flights and trips on land and sea canceled on Wednesday (Dec. 25).

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) data showed that more than 3,000 Roll-on Roll-off (RORO) and cargo vessels, 157 merchant vessels, and 46 motorbancas were stranded in different seaports in the country.

According to NDRRMC Spokesperson Mark Timbal, 63 domestic flights had been canceled due to Typhoon Ursula as of 12 noon Wednesday.

“Medyo lumakas po itong bagyo at yung mga dinaanan ni Tisoy noon parang ito rin yung dinalaw po ni bagyong Ursula,” Timbal said.

This left about 23,739 passengers stranded in several bus terminal, sea ports and airports across the country.

The onslaught of Typhoon Ursula has also caused several areas in the Visayas flooded.

Moreover, the strong winds brought by Typhoon Ursula left damage in a mall in Roxas City.

“Yung mga kasamahan po natin sa ground yung mga nasa Region 8 ay nagsisimula na po silang magconduct ng damage assessment dun sa area,” Timbal added.

The NDRRMC remains on standby for the latest situation report on Typhoon Ursula from the rest of the country. –(from the report of Vincent Arboleda) /mbmf

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