Whirlwind hits coastal community-A A +A
Friday, August 30, 2013
SEVERAL houses were destroyed when a whirlwind hit the coastal area of Layag-Layag in Barangay Talon-Talon, five kilometers east of Zamboanga City, Thursday midnight.
Initial reports gathered by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) headed by Evelyn Las Marias said six houses were destroyed by the whirlwind.
The CSWDO has provided assistance to 70 families with 242 dependents who were displaced by the whirlwind.
Houses damaged could be more but assessment and validation continue as of Friday night to determine the extent of damage and the exact number of families affected.
Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar personally spearheaded the distribution of relief goods and food packs to the affected families who sought refuge at the Talon-Talon village hall.
The displaced families were served with bread, arroz caldo, and water. Slippers were also given to the affected individuals.
Las Marias said village officials, village watchmen and police personnel 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 went to the mainland to also seek assistance.
Thursday night's whirlwind was not the first to happen in the Layag-layag community based on accounts by residents.
Las Marias said the whirlwind hit Layag-layag, a mangrove area, at the time when residents in the mainland experienced rain with thunderstorms and lightning.
Whirlwind is described as a weather phenomenon in which a vortex of wind forms due to instabilities and turbulence created by heating and flow gradients. It occurs all over the world and in any season. (Bong Garcia)