Twister damages 20 houses in Bulacan town; 25 villages still flooded

MALOLOS CITY, Bulacan — Fear and shock gripped residents of Barangay Sibul in San Miguel town when a powerful twister slammed their village at the height of a heavy downpour Tuesday night.

No casualty was reported but some 20 houses were damaged or partially damaged by strong whirling winds, reports reaching the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PPDRMO) said.

“What had happened was unexpectedly. Suddenly, we heard a roaring sound and the strong winds eventually destroyed the roofs of some houses here. Our neighbors were forced to stay in other concrete houses,” the villagers said as they described that the twister was so powerful that it has damaged many houses in less than 10 minutes.

This developed as 25 villages remain flooded in Calumpit, Marilao and Malolos due to heavy rains spawned by the southwest moonson that pelted the province since Friday last week.

PDRRM officer Liz Mungcal said as of 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, at least 13 villages in Calumpit were submerged under one to three feet of flood water, five in Malolos City (1 to 2 feet) and three in Marilao (1 to 3 feet).

Three persons also died due to drowning. They were identified as Rufino Lozada, 70, resident of Purok 3, Barangay Upig, San Ildefonso; Joseph Sepeda, 19, resident of Villarica Subdivision, Barangay Poblacion, Sta. Maria and Juharie Ampaso, 13, resident of Barangay Muzon, San Jose del Monte City.

The PDRRMO also reported that damage to rice crops and fisheries has already reached PHP34,589,311.35.

Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado has already instructed concerned department heads to assess damage in infrastructure.

He also dispatched relief teams to help affected families.

Classes in all levels were also suspended in Malolos City, Paombong, Hagonoy, Pulilan, Calumpit, Guiguinto, Marilao, Meycauayan City, Plaridel, Bocaue, Bustos and Bulakan.

As of 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, the water elevation at Angat Dam was 187.56 meters, which is still way below its spilling level of 210 meters.

The water level at Ipo Dam was 101.08 meters (spilling level 101 meters) while the water elevation at Bustos Dam was 17.36 meters (spilling level 17.70 meters).

Meanwhile, residents in this historic city are complaining from sickness caused by the floods.

Market vendors at the still flooded public market showed their blistering feet afflicted with athlete’s foot.

City Mayor Christian D. Natividad has mobilized relief teams to affected areas to distribute food, drinks and medicines. Emil Gamos/PNA/