Typhoon Milenyo (international code name: Xangsane) on Wednesday
slammed into Bicol and Eastern Visayas on Wednesday, stranding
thousands of bus and boat passengers and forcing the cancellation of
In Metro Manila, which lies in Milenyo’s path,
classes on Thursday were ordered suspended.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and
Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Milenyo, packing
winds of 120 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 150 kph, was
moving at the speed of 13 kph in a west-northwest direction, bearing
down on Daet, Camarines Norte.
If it does not change course, the typhoon will
pass just north of Metro Manila sometime between Thursday night and
On Wednesday, Malacañang declared classes
suspended Thursday in Metro Manila, Batangas, Cavite, Rizal, Laguna
Reports from the National Disaster Coordinating
Council said heavy rains brought by the typhoon shut down 10 ports
in Bicol and Eastern Visayas.
The council said 79 buses, 115 trucks, 61 light
vehicles, 11 vessels and 8 motorized bancas were stuck in various
ports or terminals. That left 3,400 people stranded, with 1,742
alone in Matnog, Sorsogon, the main ferry crossing between Bicol and
In its own report the Coast Guard said 2,446
people were reported stranded in Legazpi, Sorsogon and Masbate.
At the Manila Domestic Airport, Asian Spirit
flights to Catarman, Northern Samar; Virac, Catanduanes; and
Busuangga were canceled.
--Mark Ivan, Anthony Vargas, Katrice R. Jalbuena and Jonathan