Tornado destroys plantations in N. Cotabato villagesBy Edwin Fernandez
COTABATO CITY – A tornado swept through remote villages in North Cotabato and destroyed more than P2-million worth of corn crops, banana and rubber trees, police said Sunday.
Inspector Felix Fornan, chief of police of Antipas, North Cotabato, said the tornado hit at 8 a.m. Saturday at the height of heavy downpour and strong winds in at least two villages.
No one was hurt, but huge hectares of banana and rubber tree plantations were damaged, Fornan said in a radio interview in Kidapawan City.
Affected villages were Barangays (villages) Canaan and Camutan located in the mountain areas of Antipas town.
The affected banana and rubber plantations were owned by Barangay Canaan chief Daniel Golosino while corn fields owned by Dante Ambol were also damaged.
Residents and farmers whose crops were destroyed have been wondering why tornadoes have hit their place more often. This year alone, at least five tornadoes, some minor ones, have ravaged this upland town of North Cotabato.