The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday expressed its sympathies over the reported deaths in Texas in the wake of the storm Harvey.
Storm Harvey, which was described as one of the most devastating in the history of the southern states, triggered massive flooding in Houston and surrounding areas, left at least five persons dead and more than a dozen injured, according to the DFA.
The DFA, quoting initial reports from the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles 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 S. Cayetano said in a statement issued upon his arrival from Kuala Lumpur.
“We offer our deepest sympathies to the families of those who lost their lives in this disaster,” Cayetano said. “We will continue to pray for Houston and its people.”
The Secretary 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.