MANILA, Philippines —The formation of a tornado and its onslaught on the city was vividly captured in the cellphone videos of Michael Siao and Karen Madrigal.
The twister ripped off the roof of a few houses and establishments in Manila and Quezon City.
Based on the report of Brgy 649 Disaster Risk Management Office, an estimated 100 houses in Baseco Compound, Port Area, Manila were affected by the tornado.
Vic Capili, a resident, recalled looking up and seeing pieces of plywood soaring to the sky.
“Biglang bumaba yung buhawi sir papunta dito kaya tangay lahat yan. Ang daming puno ng saging bumuwag,” added Capili.
(The tornado suddenly came down this way and carried away everything. A lot of banana plants were destroyed.)
Affected areas lost power when the tornado took down several Meralco electric posts.
Meralco is currently working on restoring power immediately.
The streets were peppered with wooden scraps, garbage and uprooted trees at the twister’s aftermath.
Despite his injury from a falling tree, Jun Alparo, a resident, is still lucky to have survived after being physically dragged by the punishing force of nature.
“Hinatak ako ron, nakarating ako dun sa ano eh. Nadaganan ako ng puno eh,” he said.
(I was pulled and carried off some distance. A tree fell on me.)
Aside from devastated houses, affected residents are also burdened with lack of water supply.
They are calling on local governments to help them with the immediate rehabilitation of their homes before the next storm hits. (MACKY LIBRADILLA/ UNTV News and Rescue)