Tornado hits Mambaling, Cebu-A A +A
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
CEBU CITY (Updated) -- Houses in some parts of Barangay Mambaling, this city, were damaged when an "alimpulos" (tornado) tore through the coastal village Tuesday afternoon.
Ceasario Gabatan, a village watchman, said a strong wind blew around 2:30 p.m. that he saw a Bougainvillea plant along Maria Gochan Street uprooted by it.
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa)-Mactan station chief Oscar Tabada said the tornado started somewhere in Barangay Tisa, then moved to sitios Lawis and Nava in Alaska, Mambaling, to South Road Properties (SRP), and to Barangay San Roque in Talisay City.
The tornado has an estimated wind speed of more than 200 kilometers per hour (kph), Tabada said.
Listen to Tabada's report:
Kayee Bahena posted this one-minute footage of the tornado that hit Barangay Mambaling, Cebu City at past 2 p.m.
In Sitio Viking, Alaska, Barangay Mambaling, the metal roof of a sports complex were blown away by the tornado.
“The force of the wind was so strong that nakaibot gyud siya sa atoang atop nga nahabilin na lang is 1/3 na lang sa (Sitio) Viking Sports Complex. So you can just imagine kung unsa ka kusga ang iyang wind,” said Alvin Santillana, operations officer of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (LDRRMC).
He said that according to reports gathered from the field, 29 houses were either damaged or destroyed by the tornado in Sitio Viking alone.
He said these 29 houses were owned by 29 Badjao families living in the coastal area.
Aside from the damaged houses, Santillana said the residents of Sitio Viking are also experiencing power outage after housing materials got caught in the power lines.
The Visayan Electric Company (Veco) will help restore the power in the area, Santillana said.
Rosalinda Tanuco, 36 years old who is living in the Badjao community in Alaska, said she was informed by her husband that the roof of their house was detached and torn by the tornado.
She was working as a dishwasher in a nearby eatery when the incident happened. She said she doesn't know where to get money to fix their house, considering that she only earns P100 a day.
But Santillana said the LDRRMC will give tarpaulins to families whose houses were damaged by the tornado. No casualty has been reported as of this posting Tuesday.
In a separate interview, Tabada said the tornado Tuesday was formed due to Tropical Depression “Domeng,” which is still in the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
Domeng, as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, was estimated at 510 kilometers east northeast of Davao City with maximum winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) near center. It is forecast to move northwest at 5 kph, said Pagasa. (JAC/NMP/With Linette C. Ramos-Cantalejo/Sunnex)