A farming community in M’lang, North Cotabato was destroyed after a ‘freak tornado’ ripped through the settlement on Sunday evening.
According to a belated report Tuesday, the natural disaster was a strong wind which came during a heavy downpour past 6 p.m. The wind totally destroyed at least four homes.
At least 10 houses made of light materials were destroyed. Residents of M’lang said that the incident was because of a freak tornado.
A huge mango tree and several coconut trees were also reportedly toppled down. They struck several homes, adding to the damage.
According to M’lang municipal disaster risk reduction and management officer Bernardo Tayong, this is not the first time a tornado hit the area.
In 2015, the adjacent Barangay Buayan and Barangay Sangay were hit by several tornadoes. The year is natural disasters caused more than PHP2 million in property damage and agricultural crop loss. Local residents report that the two adjoining villages experience strong winds, 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). In other areas, it is called a violent thundersquall