MANILA - At least 7,581 have been stranded in several ports in Luzon because of the rains caused by typhoon Labuyo (Utor), which has yet to make a landfall.
Based on its 3:00 p.m. report, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said most of the stranded passengers are in the Bicol province.
The NDRRMC and several of its regional offices are now on red alert as the typhoon, which the state weather bureau Pagasa described as the strongest so far this year, continues to move towards Luzon.
This means regional centers are directed to undertake precautionary measures in their respective jurisdictions.
Several areas are now under signal number 3. As of 3:00 p.m., the typhoon was located at 130 kilometers north of Virac, Catanduanes.
To prepare for the rains, the National Irrigation Administration has opened three gates of the Magat dam. It was already near its spilling level as early as Saturday, at 187.83 meters.
Typhoon "Labuyo" will enhance the Southwest Monsoon, which will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains over the rest of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
Residents in areas under storm warning signals are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.