FOUR houses were destroyed, 16 others damaged and around 14 fishing boats were ruined after a tornado hit Bogo City, Wednesday afternoon, as four persons suffered minor wounds, a press release reported.
Direct hit was Barangay Odlot, specifically Sitio Proper 1 and Sitio Proper 2 at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The strong winds blew away roofs, brought down lighting posts and trees. Though no fatalities were reported, four injured persons were brought to the hospital for treatment.
The tornado caused power outage that lasted until 10 p.m. But classes in both elementary and high school were not suspended.
As of Thursday, Cebeco II linemen were busy restoring power. Activities in celebration of the nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Our Lady of Remedies Parish Church, a known pilgrimage site, was not affected.
Vice Mayor Mayel Martinez, who visited the survivors Wednesday and Thursday, said: “We are fortunate that no one died or suffered serious injuries. Mayor Carlo (Martinez) has directed all departments of the city to provide whatever help they need.”
City government and barangay employees continue efforts to assist survivors.
Despite having received reports of landslides in three mountain barangays since Wednesday afternoon, Cebu City Councilor David Tumulak assured that with heavy equipment stationed and Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CCDRRMO) personnel on standby, the response to incidents will be quick.
With CCDRRMO Head Nagiel Bañacia on business leave, Tumulak, who is council committee on peace and order chair, headed the response, saying that matters on disaster is part of his responsibility.
“Sudlon I Barangay Captain Dante Tabucal reported the incident yesterday. It was cleared that very afternoon,” he told reporters yesterday.
A separate incident also occurred on the same day, this time in Barangay Budlaan.
After receiving the report Wednesday night, CCDRRMO personnel were sent to respond and check possible solutions.
As of press time, Tumulak said the personnel were still clearing the affected area, which was a relocation site for the village’s urban poor community.
“We sent CCDRRMO Operations Head Harold Alcotin and his team to respond and check,” he said.
Yesterday’s downpour also caused the soil beside the Kalunasan barangay hall where a construction is currently ongoing to give away.
The councilor, however, clarified that it was just a minor incident.
He said all three incidents did not render any casualties and no one got hurt.
To ensure safety, Tumulak urged everyone, especially those living in the mountain areas, to be careful, especially during the rainy season.
“We’d just like to inform the public not to be complacent with the rains, which make landslides prevalent. We’d also like to remind our village chiefs to immediately report to the command center any problem. Also, look out for trees,” he said.
He added that the City Government’s heavy equipment are on standby and ready for use.
He said the rains for the past two days were part of an intertropical convergent zone.
Meanwhile, Tumulak, who was appointed by Mayor Tomas Osmeña as deputy mayor on police matters last month, said the City is strengthening the parish security group to help the police maximize safety.
“We will convene next week. This is a force multiplier to the police. They will help the police, especially in bomb detection on what they will do in case there are threats,” he said.
Talisay City incident
A 52-year-old woman was injured Wednesday after she and her husband were hit by falling rocks from a landslide in Barangay Manipis, Talisay City.
Emma Cabiluna, Barangay Manipis chief, told reporters yesterday that Maria Revilla, 52, and her still-unnamed husband were reportedly onboard a motorcycle and were traveling to Barangay Sudlon, Cebu City from Tabunok.
Cabiluna said that during that time, the barangay was experiencing heavy rains.
As they were passing the area, a small landslide occurred, which caused a slightly large boulder to tumble down towards Revilla and her husband.
The rock slammed on the motorcycle that Revilla and her husband were riding.
Her husband sustained minor injuries, while Revilla sustained injuries in the face.
Cabiluna said tanods, who were informed of the incident, immediately rescued the couple and brought them to the Talisay District Hospital.
Due to her injuries, Revilla was referred to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City for further medical attention.