Tornado kills boy, injures 4 in Valencia City

MALAYBALAY CITY – (Bukidnon News Dispatch/05 Sept.)A one-year old boy died and four persons were hurt in a tornado incident in three villages in Valencia City Saturday afternoon, Capt. Alejandro Larosa, head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council coordinator reported to the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office.

James Alumin, from Purok 18, Batangan Valencia City; was swept by strong winds when the tornado passed through their house. He was separated from his mother, Mary Grace, 22, one of four persons injured in the incident.

The others hurt in the incident were identified as Gogelyn Versaga, 15; Sinisa Versaga; and Elton Galsin, 23. All those hurt, except Galsin, were confined at the Abella Midway Hospital in Valencia City.

Sinisa Versaga, 48, worst hit among the victims, needed an urgent operation for a dislocated shoulder bone, Lilith Tabamo, a neighbor who watched for the family, told Bukidnon News via telephone. She has attended to Versaga, who is the mother of Mary Grace and Gogelyn. Her grandson, James, was swept by winds to a nearby canal.

Tabamo said they were attended to in the hospital. But she noted that the situation of Sinisa, who just recently lost her husband, is sensitive as her doctors said she must undergo operation as soon as possible.

“Hopefully, the assistance from the government will include her operation,” said Tabamo, who goes to the same church as the Versagas.

The tornado passed around 4:30p.m. Saturday.

The tornado affected 40 families or 151 persons in the villages of Purok 18 Batangan, Pruok 5B in Kahaponan, and Purok 8 in Tongantongan, all in Valencia City.

The provincial and city disaster risk reduction and management council sent relief goods to the victims, Arsenio Alagenio, provincial social welfare and development office said in his report to Gov. Alex Calingasan.

The parish priest of Valencia’s San Agustin Church and the Mountain View College Alumni Church and Community Relations also sent food packs and cash donations. (Walter I. Balane)


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