Twisters hit Kidapawan, destroy P3M crops and properties

The twisters that hit four villages in Kidapawan on Wednesday destroyed more than P3 million worth of crops and properties, the city disaster office said.

According to Psalmer Bernalte, City Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) action officer, the twisters slashed through the agricultural villages of Manongol, Indangan, Paco and Perez.

In Barangay Manogol, the twister damaged crops on its vegetative stage, destroyed a Senior Citizen center and Barangay Police Action Team (BPAT) center, he said.

A twister also hit banana plantations in Barangay Paco, Kidapawan City, damaging an estimated P2 million worth of plants. Businessman Daniel Curambao told a local radio station that more than 90 percent of his banana plantation were devastated.

During the dry spell, twisters, also known among the locals as tornadoes, occasionally hit North Cotabato farming towns of Tulunan, Mlang, Kabacan and Matalam and Kidapawan City.

Bernalte said village officials of drought-affected communities and the city council members will meet to assess whether or not the city should be placed under a state of calamity.

The long dry spell affecting Mindanao has already damaged hundreds of millions worth of agricultural crops in North Cotabato and Maguindanao.

The town of Makilala has the most affected drought-stricken communities with vast tracts of rubber plantations slowly drying up due to the dry spell. About P130 million worth of high value crops including banana and rubber have been damaged.

Source: Philippines News Agency