In a phone interview, Moreno said a tornado struck the mountain ranges of Balingasag, which damaged the dike and washed out 14 houses, affecting at least 500 persons. The lone fatality was identified as Ronald Ayuma, 30.
The affected barangays include Napaliran, Mabayaan, Mandangwa, Binitinan, Talusan, Linggangao, Cogon, Vincer, San Isidro and Barangay Waterfall in Balingasag; and Kauswagan and Manaol in Lagonglong.
Moreno, who personally supervised the evacuation, relief and rescue operation, said all departments of the provincial government, in coordination with the 8th Infantry Battalion of the Army's 4th Infantry Division, have been mobilized to provide immediate assistance.
The Napaliran Elementary School was established as temporary evacuation relief and rescue center.
Moreno warned his constituents to take precautionary measures during this rainy season. (Richel V. Umel / MindaNews)