Tornado destroys 20 houses in Bulacan


A tornado (buhawi) slammed a village in San Miguel town in Bulacan, destroying some 20 houses at the height of a heavy downpour on Tuesday night.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said no casualties were reported but some 20 houses in Barangay Sibul were destroyed by strong whirling winds that battered the area.

Last Sunday, tornados swept through Manila and Quezon City.

Sibul villagers said the powerful tornado lasted for about eight to 10 minutes.

San Miguel Mayor Ivy Mendez-Coronel said seven wooden houses were destroyed.

About 13 concrete houses were damaged.

Coronel assured that affected families will be given construction materials to restore their houses.

The families opted to temporarily stay with their relatives although they were offered shelter at an evacuation center.

The tornado struck San Miguel even as 25 Bulacan villages remained flooded as a result of monsoon rains or habagat that have pelted the province since Friday.

PDRRM officer Liz Mungcal said that as of Wednesday morning, at least 13 villages in the towns of Calumpit, Marilao and Malolos City were still flooded.

Three persons were reported to have drowned–Rufino Lozada, 74, of Purok 3, Barangay Upig, San Ildefonso; Joseph Cepeda, 18, of Villarica Subdivision, Barangay Poblacion, Santa Maria; and Juharie Ampaso, 13, of Barangay Muzon, San Jose del Monte City.

Some Malolos City residents were reported to be suffering from respiratory illnesses.

Mayor Christian Natividad has mobilized relief teams to distribute food and medicines for affected residents.

Bocaue Mayor Joni Villanueva mayor led the distribution of some 8,000 bags of relief goods to affected families in her town.


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