KIDAPAWAN CITY — An alleged ‘freak tornado’ destroyed at least 10 houses made of light materials in a farming community in Barangay Buayan, M’lang, North Cotabato on Sunday.
In a late report, Bernardo Tayong, M’lang municipal disaster risk reduction and management (MDRRM) officer said that a strong wind during a heavy downpour at past 6 p.m. began destroying a line of houses, leaving four homes completely destroyed. The other six had partial damages.
“A huge mango tree and several coconut trees were also toppled down and hit several homes,” Tayong said.
In 2015, several tornadoes also hit Barangay Buayan and adjacent Barangay Sangat, damaging more than PHP2 million worth of properties and agricultural crops flattened by strong winds.
The adjoining villages of Sangat and Buayan, as well as nearby villages, are frequented by strong winds and does even without typhoon occurrences.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration describes a tornado as a violently rotating column of air that reaches the base of a cloud to the ground (in funnel shape).