Over 3,100 Philippine passengers stranded as Typhoon Conson lands

12:57, July 14, 2010      

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More than 3,100 passengers in various parts of Philippines' Luzon region were stranded due to big waves and strong winds triggered by Typhoon Conson up to Wednesday morning, an official of the Philippine Coast Guard said.

The search and rescue operations are still going on for the 19 fishermen in Bicol who were reportedly missing, said PCG chief Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo.

Philippine military said Wednesday that three people were confirmed dead in Bicol province when Typhoon Conson hit the region, and 13 others were rescued in Pandan and San Andres areas.

PCG Unit Commanders in Luzon are closely monitoring and rendering assistance in coordination with local port authorities, shipping companies and other agencies to help ensure the security, safety, and good condition of stranded passengers and vessels.

Typhoon Conson is weakening after it made landfall over the Philippines Tuesday night, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Under the influence of Typhoon Conson, large areas of Luzon region in northern Philippines suffered blackout.

Conson ripped through the Philippines with gustiness of up to 120 kilometers per hour and is now a tropical storm packing maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers per hour near the center and moving west at 22 kilometers per hour on its way out into the South China Sea.

Residents living in low-lying areas and mountain slopes in areas under storm signal number 2 are advised to take all necessary precautions against flashfloods and landslides. Residents living in coastal areas in these provinces are also advised to be on alert against big waves.

Source: Xinhua


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