Agence France-PresseMarch 27, 2013 04:31
Twelve people died when a mini-tornado caused an overloaded boat to capsize in remote southern Philippine marshes, a local official said on Wednesday.
The small motorboat, designed for 10 passengers, was carrying 18 people from a small town through marshland on Mindanao island on Monday night when the accident happened, said the local mayor, Alan Aguas.
"The winds were strong and there was a small tornado. It passed near the boat and some of the passengers panicked, causing the boat to capsize," he said, quoting survivors.