Landslide, tornado hit 2 S. Philippine towns

08:43, July 16, 2010      

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Over a dozen houses were destroyed and scores of families fled as landslides and a tornado hit a southern Philippine province, disaster officials said Thursday.

The devastation brought by heavy rains in two towns in South Cotabato province happened as Typhoon Conson exited the Philippines after ravaging the northern part of the country and leaving at least 26 dead.

In the provincial capital city of Koronadal, several families fled to safer grounds after a twister cut through two villages, destroying 13 homes and damaging crops, Mary Jean Gabucan, city social welfare officer, said.

Gabucan said they are still assessing the total cost of damage brought by the tornado to facilitate the relief aid for those affected.

In the nearby Surallah town, rain-induced landslide buried several homes in a village, prompting residents to evacuate, the provincial disaster coordinating council said.

Socorro Savillaga, town social welfare officer, said the heavy rains also flooded dozens of rice lands in the area, destroying an undetermined amount of crops.

Although the storm has already left the country, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration ( Pagasa) cautioned the rest of the country would still experience moderate to heavy rains that could trigger floods and landslides in low-lying and hilly areas.

Source: Xinhua


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