Nina grounds 876 passengers, triggers power outages in Calabarzon

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CAMP VICENTE LIM, Calamba City Dec. 26 (PNA) — Due to typhoon Nina’s flogging of the Calabarzon Region overnight Sunday to Monday, around 876 passengers were stranded in the Batangas and had to spend Christmas Day at the ports.

Reports from the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) 4-A on Monday said port and coast guard authorities had suspended ports operations in Batangas City as Nina headed toward the region over the weekend.

In Batangas port, nine vessel trips and 120 rolling cargoes were also stalled while six vessels and six rolling cargoes in Lucena City port were also suspended.

Sea travels in Lucena City, Cotta, Mauban, Atimonan and Gumaca, all in Quezon province were also cancelled.

The cancelled trips included three motorized bancas in Cotta, two in Mauban and five in Gumaca.

Port authorities also cancelled the travels of a sea-going vessel and six motorized bancas in Atimonan, Quezon.

RDRRMC 4-A however said no other major untoward incidents were monitored.

It reported that national roads and bridges remain passable and in normal condition as of press time.

Traffic was temporarily halted when a tree was toppled and obstructed an old zigzag road in Atimonan, Quezon close to Sunday midnight at the height of the typhoon.

Nina’s lashing of the region also dimmed parts of the Calabarzon on Christmas Day with temporary power glitches in Los Baños, Laguna; Taal and Batangas City.

The typhoon also triggered power interruptions in 15 Quezon towns of San Narciso, Padre Burgos, Jomalig, Guinayangan, Buenavista, Gen. Luna, San Francisco, Pitogo, Catanauan, Calauag, Gumaca, San Andres, Mulanay, Atimonan (partial), Quezon.