Thousands evacuated, hundreds stranded in ports due to 'Quinta'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 26) — Thousands of people were evacuated from various Quinta-hit areas as the typhoon continued to threaten the country.

In an interview with CNN Philippines' New Day on Monday, Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara said that over 44,000 persons were evacuated within the entire province Sunday before Quinta (international name: Molave) hit the area.

Quinta earlier made landfall over Malinao and San Miguel Island in Albay.

"[There are] strong winds and most areas are flooded, but this time it has now subsided....I called up all the mayors and they will submit to me the [latest situational] report," said Bichara.

The province of Occidental Mindoro was also in the typhoon path. Governor Eduardo Gadiano told CNN Philippines' News Night that about 500 families were rescued, but this number could rise as reports from cities come in.

He said floods remain in parts of the province because of high tide.

Gadiano also asked for assistance especially for the agriculture sector, a major source of livelihood.

Impassable roads, power outages

Bichara added that some local roads were impassable due to flooding and toppled trees. The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines also had to temporarily shut down Albay's entire power supply amid Quinta's threats.

Bicol Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said that 33 barangays were affected by the weather system.

Meanwhile, 40,499 residents of 12 Maguindanao towns felt the impact of Quinta, according to the Maguindanao provincial government. Repacking of relief items is ongoing for the affected households.

In its latest update, the NDRRMC said that as of 9 a.m., at least 5,704 persons are currently staying in evacuation centers from the different regions of Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol Region, and Cordillera Administrative Region.

Power interruptions were also experienced in Quezon, Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Masbate and Sorsogon.

Stranded passengers

According to the Office of Civil Defense - Mimaropa, at least 642 passengers from the different sea ports of Occidental Mindoro, Romblon, and Southern Luzon.

A total of 12 ports in Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Marinduqe, Romblon, and Palawan have suspended operations due to the weather.

Sea incidents, missing individuals

The Philippine Coast Guard responded Sunday to a maritime incident involving Philippine-flagged cargo vessel MV Good Fortune after it encountered engine trouble while sailing on the rough sea waters off Ubay, Bohol. All crew members of the cargo vessel were found safe during the search and rescue operation.

However, rescue operations are still on for a yacht crew member who was reported missing off Batangas, and 12 fisherfolks hailing from different towns of Catanduanes on Monday.

On Monday morning, Quinta maintained its strength as it crossed the vicinity of Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro.

In PAGASA's latest bulletin, Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 1 was still up in some Luzon provinces.

The typhoon had also earlier made landfall over Torrijos in Marinduque, Quezon province's San Andres town, and Pola in Oriental Mindoro.

Weather bureau PAGASA said Quinta will exit Philippine territory via the Occidental Mindoro Provinces on Tuesday.

CNN Philippines stringer Dennis Arcon contributed to this report.