Published: Saturday 24 December, 2016

Christmas in Buses, Piers, Shelters for Typhoon #NinaPH Stranded Travelers

For thousands of Filipinos, Christmas 2016 will be memorable for all the wrong reasons. Typhoon ‘Nina’ is poised to dampen the Christmas of thousands, and put the lives of probably millions at risk.

Typhoon #NinaPH

Typhoon #NinaPH is poised to ruin Christmas for thousands of Pinoys. (PHOTO: earth Wind Map)

Typhoon ‘Nina’ is getting stronger is it approaches the Philippines. According to PAGASA, #NinaPH is expected to make landfall in the Catanduanes-Camarines area of Bicol on Christmas Day. This means, thousands will have to transfer to evacuation centers and spend Christmas thereat. 

And not only Bicol is at risk. According to the latest forecast, Typhoon ‘Nina’ will cross the southern Luzon area after slamming into Bicol, and probably make a direct hit in Metro Manila.

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For many, #NinaPH has already ruined their Christmas. Thousands of travelers going home to the provinces have been stopped in their tracks. Ports in Bicol, the exit port of many going to the many islands in southern Luzon and the Visayas, are already full of stranded travelers. Latest reports have it that more than 2,500 are already stranded and more are coming in.

And here’s more bad news: The Land Transportation Regulatory and Franchising Board (LTFRB) has suspended the trips of southbound buses because of Typhoon ‘Nina’. The agency is preventing buses still in their terminals from leaving so as not to overcrowd the ports they are headed to.

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Signal No. 1 has already been raised over the provinces of Southern Quezon, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon and Masbate including Ticao, Burias Island, Northern Samar and Eastern Samar. This will be raised as #NinaPH gets closer.

And not only land and sea travel are affected. Several flight routes are already suspended as Typhoon ‘Nina’ approaches.