DFA: No Filipino ca­su­al­ties in storm-hit Texas

Sun.Star Baguio - - SPEAKOUT -

THE De­part­ment of For­eign Af­fairs (DFA) said Mon­day that there were no Filipino ca­su­al­ties in storm-hit Texas as it ex­pressed sym­pa­thies over the re­ported deaths in the United States.

Quot­ing ini­tial re­ports from the Philip­pine Con­sulate Gen­eral in Los An­ge­les, the DFA said none among the 80,000-strong Filipino Com­mu­nity in Hous­ton and sur­round­ing ar­eas has been re­ported to be among the dead or in­jured.

"Our hearts go out to the peo­ple of Hous­ton, in­clud­ing the thou­sands of our kababayan, who have to go through this ter­ri­ble or­deal," For­eign Af­fairs Sec­re­tary Alan Peter Cayetano said in a state­ment.

"We of­fer our deep­est sym­pa­thies to the fam­i­lies of those who lost their lives in this dis­as­ter. We will con­tinue to pray for Hous­ton and its peo­ple," he said.

The DFA said Storm Har­vey, which trig­gered mas­sive flood­ing in Hous­ton and sur­round­ing ar­eas, left at least five per­sons dead and more than a dozen in­jured.

Cayetano said the Con­sulate Gen­eral in Los An­ge­les and the Hon­orary Con­sulate in Hous­ton con­tinue to mon­i­tor the ef­fects of the storm, such as flood­ing, dam­age to prop­erty and power dis­rup­tions, which are ex­pected to af­fect mem­bers of the Filipino Com­mu­nity.

The DFA said there are ap­prox­i­mately 70,000 mem­bers of the Filipino com­mu­nity in Hous­ton, the fourth largest city in the United States; 5,000 in Rio Grande Val­ley; and an­other 5,000 in San An­to­nio. (SDR/ Sun­Star Philip­pines)

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