Tacurong City (outlined in red) is in the province of Sultan Kudarat in Mindanao. (Image from Google Maps)
KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato — At least 50 houses made of light and semi-concrete materials were destroyed by strong winds that came during a heavy downpour in Tacurong City in Sultan Kudarat on Tuesday, April 9.
There was no storm but the wind was strong enough to topple huge trees and blow away the roofing of several homes in the two affected villages of Tacurong, according to the city’s Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO)said.
The heavy downpour occurred just as the city, like most areas in the country, was experiencing a dry spell brought on by the “weak” El Niño.
“Clearing operations are still ongoing as of 7 p.m. Tuesday,” the Tacurong City CDRRMO said in a statement.
Tacurong City Mayor Lina Montilla directed the city disaster office to continue the clearing operations whenever possible.
She also ordered the city social welfare office to attend to the emergency needs of the affected families.
No one was reported injured in the incident, which lasted for about 20 minutes.
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