Eight families have lost their houses to a tornado that hit a village here amid the heavy rains Tuesday afternoon.
“I ran immediately while I was calling my two children,” said Emelita Cabales, 42, of Barangay Sta. Rita whose house was totally damaged by the tornado at about 6 p.m. Tuesday.
They sought refuge in a neighbor’s house, whose roof was also partially damaged by the strong winds.
Mayor Gloria Crespo-Congco immediately mobilized a team of physicians and medical workers to attend to children who were exposed to the heavy rains and strong wind.
A man who was hit by a corrugated sheet was treated and was declared safe, she said.
Congco also asked the Municipal Engineering Office to check the damages and come up with the cost of rehabilitation of the destroyed houses.
She said the power supply in the village was cut to avoid electrocution since some roofing materials have hit the high voltage wires along Nueva Ecija-Cagayan Valley Road.
There were also twigs that fell on electric wires, she said.
Mayor Congco said she have long asked the residents near the river to relocate and offered them a Gawad Kalinga (GK) housing.
“Even before, it has been our desire to relocate them in safer place. There are lots of dangers near the river,” the local chief executive said, as she noted that it was the first time a tornado hit the village. (PNA)