- The Department of Foreign Affairs gave an important update about the explosions in Beirut
- According to the DFA, 12 Filipinos are missing as of the moment
- Among the 12 missing are 11 seamen and one household service worker
- The DFA also mentioned that eight Filipinos sustained injuries because of the blasts
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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has confirmed that 12 Filipinos are still missing after the massive explosions that happened in Beirut, Lebanon on Wednesday.
KAMI learned that among those missing are 11 seamen and one household service worker.
In a post on Twitter, the DFA also said that eight Filipinos were injured due to the explosions.
“Eight Filipinos were injured in this tragedy, and 12 are also missing,” it said in the post.
According to ABS-CBN News (authored by Willard Cheng), MV Orient Queen ship was docked 400 meters away from the area where the explosion happened.
DFA Undersecretary Sarah Arriola said that the missing Filipino household service worker had some injuries. However, they are still unable to find her exact location.
“We’ve been calling her phone, hindi siya sumasagot. As of now, of course, we are looking in all the hospitals and also we are relying on the reports of the Filipino community. Everything is very fluid because wala pang 24 hours ang incident. If you’ve seen the explosion, very massive talaga siya,” Arriola said.
She added that the shockwave was also felt in the Philippine Embassy in Beirut because it is 20 minutes away from the blast zone if driven by car.
“We were told that they also felt the shockwave. So, talagang yumanig talaga ang Embassy. So ganoon kalakas talaga ang explosion. So kahit talagang wala ka sa kalsada at that time, tatamaan ka e. Kasi marami doon nabasag,” she said.
The foreign affairs department also extended its condolences to the families who lost their loved ones.
The massive blasts in Beirut were caused by 2,750 tons of agricultural fertilizer ammonium nitrate stored for years at the portside warehouse.
DFA said that two Filipinos died because of the tragedy. These two were in their employers’ homes when the explosions happened.
An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) also shared a clip of what happened inside her employer’s home during the blasts.
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