Philippines: Tornado leaves at least 27 homes destroyed & 403 people affected in Tarlac – 050513 1330z

At least 403 people were affected while 27 houses were destroyed after a tornado barreled through four villages in Tarlac province Friday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Saturday evening.

In a report posted on its website Saturday evening, the NDRRMC said the tornado occurred at 3 p.m. in Paniqui town and affected Ventinilla, Cabayaasan, Tablang and Salumangue villages.

The report said the tornado affected 101 families or 403 people, including 86 families (346 people) in Ventinilla, 10 families (43 people) in Salumangue, three famiies (six people) in Cabayaasan, and two families (eight people) in Tablang.

Of the 27 houses destroyed by the tornado, 24 were in Ventinilla. Of the 74 houses damaged, 62 were in Ventinilla, and 10 in Salumangue.

Disaster management officials in Tarlac are on alert status and closely monitoring the situation, the NDRRMC said.

It added they are also conducting damage and needs assessment in the affected areas.

Saturday, 04 May, 2013 at 17:16 (05:16 PM) UTC RSOE

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