The most recent catastrophe happened in Beirut, Lebanon a few days ago. There were many casualties that died in the blast and the current count for Filipinos is now at 4, according to latest reports from the Department of Foreign Affairs. The explosion has brought upon another disaster to its residents.
Four Filipinos were killed after the destructive explosion in Beirut. It is such a tragedy that during the pandemic times, another problem arisen and the world has to overcome.
A Lot Of OFWs Are Stationed in Lebanon For Work
There were four Filipinos declared lifeless after the destructive explosion Beirut explosion. Forty Two Filipinos were reported injured after the massive blast occurred.
As stated by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), two Overseas Filipino Workers were working as household service workers of their respective employer’s home when the explosion took place.
Apart from the 4 deaths of Filipinos, there were also 42 injured.
Based on the reports, the massive blast was experienced through the Philippine Embassy in Beirut which is far from the blast site. Thankfully, the staff from the embassy are all safe.
Below is the latest advisory from the Department of Foreign Affairs as the Philippine authorities are trying to bring Filipinos home from Lebanon:
Bulletin: Update No. 5 DFA Charters Flight to Bring Filipinos Home From Lebanon
PASAY CITY 07 August 2020 — The Department of Foreign Affairs, through the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs, has chartered a repatriation flight to bring home Filipinos from Lebanon.
The flight scheduled on 16 August 2020 also seeks to bring home the mortal remains of Filipino victims of the recent explosions in Beirut Port.
“The President heard the clamor of our kababayans. This chartered flight is the most concrete, immediate and timely assistance that the Department of Foreign Affairs could provide given the current situation in Lebanon,” said Undersecretary Sarah Lou Y. Arriola.
Before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the DFA began its repatriation activities from Lebanon to arrest the worsening condition of Filipinos in the country due to economic woes.
“Since December 2019, the Department has repatriated at least 1,508 Filipinos from Lebanon. When COVID-19 struck, the DFA moved to provide assistance to our overseas Filipinos in the country,” the Undersecretary added.
For additional public information with regard to the chartered flight, the Philippine Embassy in Beirut may be reached through the following:
Telephones – +961 3859430,
+961 81334836, +961 71474416, +961 70681060 and +961 70858086
E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook – Philippine Embassy in Lebanon.
Bulletin: Update No. 6 DFA: 11 more Filipinos injured, 1 more missing in Beirut Blasts
PASAY CITY 08 August 2020 — The Department of Foreign Affairs, through the Philippine Embassy in Beirut, continues to ascertain the condition of the Filipinos affected by the blasts that rocked the port city earlier this week.
With ground operations clearing more area, and embassy personnel receiving additional reports, the Department is taking in new inputs with regard to the status of the Filipino community in the country.
“By day’s end yesterday, the number of injured OFWs stands at 42, an increase of eleven from the previous report. We were also alerted that another Filipino was reported missing, increasing the number to two. The number of Filipino fatalities, meanwhile, remains at four,” reported Undersecretary Sarah Lou Y. Arriola.
The Department stated previously that it expects the number of affected Filipinos in Beirut to increase considering the magnitude of the reported destruction.
The Department also announced that it has chartered a repatriation flight to bring home Filipinos from Lebanon. The flight scheduled on 16 August 2020 also seeks to bring home the mortal remains of Filipino victims of the recent explosions in Beirut Port.