‘Caloy’ makes landfall, leaves 1,781 passengers stranded

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

MANILA (Updated) -- Tropical Depression Caloy has made landfall over Mindanao Saturday morning, leaving 1,781 ship passengers stranded in Central Visayas and 16,935 individuals affected by flooding in the southern part of the country.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reported that the number of stranded passengers due to the effects of Caloy reached 1,781 as of Saturday noon.

Of the number, the PCG said 1,321 were from Cebu, 209 from Tagbilaran City in Bohol, and 251 from Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental.

Eighty-three rolling cargoes, 25 vessels, and nine motor bancas were also affected by the bad weather due to the tropical depression.

In Mindanao, a total of 16,935 persons were affected by flooding due to heavy rains brought about by Caloy.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said the flooding occured in the towns of Asuncion, Davao del Norte and Nabunturan, Compostela Valley.

As of 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Caloy made landfall in the vicinity of Tandag City, Surigao del Sur, The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) reported.

Pagasa located Caloy at 70 kilometers (km) southeast of Surigao City.

With maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center, Caloy is moving west at 11 kph.

Pagasa hoisted public storm warning signal number 1 over the provinces of Southern Leyte, Bohol, Siquijor, Cebu, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Guimaras, Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Siargao, Dinagat, northern part of Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, northern Bukidnon, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, and Camiguin. (PNA/Sunnex)

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