At least 8,000 people have been stranded at Sorsogon Port since Friday due to delays caused by a damaged ramp that lets vehicles board roll-on-roll-off (RORO) vessels, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Saturday night.
In its 8 p.m. report posted on its website early Sunday, the NDRRMC said the damaged ramp had been causing delays as early as Friday.
The NDRRMC said that as of Saturday night, there were 8,041 stranded passengers, 333 trucks, 98 buses and 69 cars in a queue that stretched six kilometers from the port.
“The number of stranded passengers and vehicles continue to increase,” it added.
So far, the NDRRMC said the Philippine Ports Authority’s port manager requested help from the Philippine Navy.
It asked the Navy to send a Landing Ship Tank, a “civilian equivalent” of a RORO vessel, to expedite the transport of passengers and vehicles.
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