Powerful tornado hits the Philippines, 86 houses damaged

Powerful tornado hits the Philippines, 86 houses damaged

A powerful tornado formed in Manapla, Negros Occidental, the Philippines on December 13, 2016, leaving 4 residents with minor injuries and 86 houses damaged.

The tornado formed around 12:40 PHT and barreled through Barangay for 15 - 20 minutes, ripping off the roofs of a covered court, church and office. In total, local media reported, 86 houses were damaged, some of them severely. Four houses were destroyed.

According to The Visayan Daily Star, Local Disaster Risk Reduction Officer, Alejandro Malijoc, said he was in the Manapla agriculture office when he saw a violently rotating column of air approaching and slam into houses in SitioNahulog, Barangay 1-A.

Tornado damage in Manapla, the Philippines on December 13, 2016

Tornado damage in Manapla, the Philippines on December 13, 2016. Credit: Alejandro Malijoc

The tornado was accompanied by a rumbling sound and the clatter of roofing being ripped off and houses being toppled, Malijoc added.

Four persons ended up with minor injuries. The area lost power for several hours.

Tornado damage in Manapla, the Philippines on December 13, 2016.

Tornado damage in  Manapla , the Philippines on December 13, 2016. Credt: Bombo Radyo Bacolod

On November 26, a tornado also hit 21 houses at Barangay Inolingan in Moises Padilla. Two houses were destroyed while 19 others were damaged when the tornado swept through Hacienda Salapid around 14:30 PHT, the SunStar reported.

On October 28, waterspouts, locally known as buhawi, were also reported in Barangays Tabao Proper, Central Tabao, and Bagumbayan in Valladolid town. They eventually reached land, destroyed a house and damaged six others.

Featured image: Tornado damage in  Manapla , the Philippines on December 13, 2016. Credit: Alejandro  Malijoc

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