Tornado damages houses, downs power lines in Manila

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Houses' roofs were blown off, trees were uprooted, and electric posts were blown down as a tornado tore through Manila on Sunday afternoon.

A video uploaded on Facebook shows the strength of the tornado as it hit the country's capital.

Netizen Karen Daphne Madrigal's video shows the tornado spinning across Binondo.

According to Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, the tornado started in Brgy. 435 and made its way to Baseco in Tondo.

One person was injured and around a hundred houses and commercial establishments were damaged.

Since last week, parts of Luzon and Western Visayas have been experiencing heavy rains due to a southwest monsoon.

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Brgy. 435 officials said around 20 houses in their community were left roofless by the tornado. Even the newly constucted covered court, designed to be an evacuation center, was not spared from damage.

 

The tornado blew the roof off of Leo Santos' house. All of his family's belongings were also soaked in rainwater.

"Ang itim eh, tapos bigla na lang inangat ang buong bubong ko. Wala na wala nang nagawa [It was dark. It suddenly lifted my entire roof. I wasn't able to do anything]," said Santos.

 

His wife Josephine was worried about how her family will be able to sleep.

"Pag umulan nang malakas, talagang babaha kami sa loob [If it rains very hard, our home will be flooded]," she said.

With PAGASA saying the heavy rains are expected until Wednesday, the Santoses hope the city government would provide relief for their community.

The Manila City government already promised to provide quick response aid to the affected residents.

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