TD Salome leaves hundreds stranded

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UPDATED WITH CLARIFICATIONS FROM DMCI

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 10) - Rains from tropical depression Salome on Thursday stranded over 700 passengers in ports in southern Luzon and eastern Visayas, officials said.

More than 370 passengers in the port of Allen, a town in northern Samar were stranded, said the town's Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office. This as strong wind and rain battered towns in Northern Samar.

Another 100 passengers in Ormoc bound for Cebu were stranded as the Philippine Coast Guard prevented travel due to rough seas.

Meanwhile, 247 passengers were stranded in ports in the island province of Mindoro and in southern Quezon, the Office of Civil Defense of MIMAROPA region said. MIMAROPA groups the provinces of Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan.

In its update, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) raised storm signal number 1 in:

  • Albay
  • Bataan
  • Batangas
  • Bulacan
  • Camarines Norte
  • Camarines Sur
  • Catanduanes
  • Cavite
  • Laguna
  • Marinduque
  • Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands
  • Metro Manila
  • Occidental Mindoro
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Pampanga
  • Quezon
  • Rizal
  • Romblon
  • Sorsogon
  • Southern Zambales

PAGASA warned residents in these areas to be on alert for flash floods and landslides, while sea travel remains risky.

Meanwhile, DMCI Power Corp. said it is working to fast track cleanup operations of an oil spill in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro deapite the heavy rain.

It installed additional spill containment and sorbent spill booms to avoid the spread of oil films.

Eight hundred liters of fuel accidentally leaked out of a storage tank of DMCI Power in Calapan on November 6, a statement from the company said.

The company's employees, with the help of 300 workers are clearing 2.5 hectares of land affected by the oil spill, it added.

DMCI Power said 90 drums of oily water and 260 sacks of oil-contaminated materials were collected and these will be hauled and treated by a Department of Environment and Natural Resources-accredited company.

"We would like to reiterate that we are taking this accident very seriously and acting expeditiously, and are continuing our investigation and root cause analysis of the matter. We are also reviewing our plant operation protocols to prevent a similar incident from happening in the future," DMCI said.