Thousands stranded as strong typhoon nears Philippines

May 10, 2015 05:28


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MANILA - Thousands of passengers were stranded in seaports and some domestic flights were canceled as Typhoon Noul strengthened further before its expected landfall in the northeastern tip of the Philippines on Sunday.

More than 10,000 passengers and over 1,000 shipping vessels were stranded in various ports in the country, mostly along its eastern seaboard. Cebu Pacific canceled at least six domestic flights to northern Philippines.Officials in northern Philippine provinces have alerted rescue units and positioned relief goods, as they prepared to move people away from low-lying and flood-prone areas.

"They are now ready there, but we will still augment, send reinforcement, so that they won't have any difficulty in case the size of the typhoon widens," Bonifacio Cuarteros, head of Cagayan province's disaster agency, said in a radio interview.

More than 11,000 residents were evacuated to temporary shelters in two towns around Mount Bulusan, a volcano in central Philippines that erupted twice last week, because of the danger of mud flows.

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