PCG: 10,000 passengers stranded in ports due to Urduja

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Monday reported that more than 10,000 passengers remain stranded in ports due to tropical depression Urduja.

According to the PCG, as of 4 a.m. 9,775 passengers, 913 rolling cargoes, 88 vessels, and 20 motor bancas remain stranded in Central Luzon, Palawan, Bicol, Western Visayas, Southern Tagalog, and Southern Visayas ports.

The latest numbers of stranded sea travelers has decreased from 17,000 on Sunday, December 17, to 10,000 today.

On Sunday, the PCG reported an estimate of 575 rolling cargoes, 118 vessels, and 34 motor bancas being stranded due to the storm.

According to the 11 a.m. report of the weather bureau, scattered rains are expected to prevail over Palawan while sea travel remains ill-advised due to the effect of the tail-end of a cold front.

The center of Urduja, which has weakened into a low-pressure area, was last spotted at 90 km North Northwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan with maximum sustained winds of 45 kph near the center and gusts of up to 60 kph.

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