Tornado hits Marawi City, destroys several structures including part of city hall

THE REGION
By DIVINA M. SUSON
November 4, 2019

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ILIGAN CITY -- A tornado hit Marawi City past 2:00 pm Monday (November 4) and destroyed several houses made up of light materials, including a portion of the roofing at the City Hall in Barangay Fort, which was occupied by the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP).

Jorome Maglahos, executive assistant of Marawi City Mayor's Office, said he was documenting the meeting presided by Marawi Mayor Majul Gandamra with the department heads of the local government unit when they heard a rumbling sound outside.

Before they went outside to see the sound, a strong wind smashed the building and blew some roofs away.

"We heard roar of strong winds but there was no rain, just drizzles but it did not last long," Maglahos said.

The meeting was interrupted but was resumed after 15 minutes.

Inside the army headquarters, Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo, commander of 103rd Infantry Brigade, caught the water formation through his camera and brought it live through his facebook page.

He was heard shouting "ang mga bata!" (the children) to direct the soldiers to secure the children running inside the camp to secure themselves.

Cuerpo said several trees inside the camp were uprooted.

Jamalodin Basman took a video footage at Amai Pakpak Medical Center where the roof of one of the houses nearby was also blown away.

Maglahos said no injuries has been reported but Mayor Gandamra immediately directed the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office to assess the damages.


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