30 small houses destroyed by ‘twister’ in Layag-Layag PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 31 August 2013 11:36

More than 30 houses made of light materials were destroyed by whirlwind or small twister (buhawi in local dialect) during a heavy downpour at Sitio Layag-Layag, Talon-Talon at midnight last Thursday.

Occupants of the affected houses evacuated to safer places amid the downpour as their houses were blown away by rotating wind around 9 p.m.

Men of the Tetuan Police Station and other government agencies rushed to the area to assist the affected residents and bring them to the barangay hall for temporary shelter.

No one was reported hurt during the storm surge as all of the occupants of the affected houses ran away before the wind became stronger.

Initial report from the City Social Welfare and Development Office under Evelyn Las Marias said sixhouses were totally damaged. 70 families with 242 dependents were served by the office.

There are several other houses damaged but assessment and validation continue as of press time to determine the exact number of families affected and extent of damage.

Mayor Beng Climaco personally spearheaded the distribution of relief goods and food packs to the affected families who sought refuge at the Talon-talon Barangay Hall. The mayor served bread, arroz caldo, water and   gave out slippers to the affected individuals.

Las Marias said barangay officials, tanods and police personnel on duty in the area Thursday brought the families to safer ground after the incident. Apart from the 70 families served by the CSWDO, 82 other families with a total of 410 dependents also came to the mainland to also seek assistance.

Thursday night’s whirlwind incident was not the first to happen in the Layag-layag community based on accounts by residents, according to Las Marias.

The whirlwind hit the Layag-layag community, a mangrove area, at the time when residents in the mainland experienced rain with thunderstorms and lightning.

Sitio Layag-Layag is an islet located in the southern part of Talon-Talon where residents are mostly fishermen and seaweed farmers.

Layag-Layag children used to walk on chest deep water in going to and from  Talon-Talon Elementary School, but now they have small boats given under the Yellow Boat project of a non-government organization. – Dan Toribio Jr. and Sheila Covarrubias