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DFA: Injured Filipinos in Beirut explosion climbs to 24

Men carrying bottles of water walk past damaged buildings and vehicles near the site of Tuesday’s blast in Beirut’s port area, Lebanon August 5, 2020. REUTERS/Aziz Taher

The number of Filipinos who were injured in the massive explosion that struck Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday has climbed to 24, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

In a statement, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Brigido Dulay said most of the injured are household service workers.

At least two Filipino household workers died and one seafarer remains missing.

The Philippine Embassy in Beirut said 10 of the 11 seafarers who went missing have been found safe.

Meanwhile, 10 crewmen of Orient Queen Cruises suffered minor injuries and are now with the management of the shipping company Abu Merhi Cruises at Ain el Mraiseh, Beirut.

For requests for assistance, the Philippine embassy may be reached through the following:

  • Telephones – +961 3859430, +961 81334836, +961 71474416, +961 70681060 and +961 70858086
  • E-mail – beirutpe@gmail.com
  • Facebook – Philippine Embassy in Lebanon

Lebanon is home to around 33,000 Filipinos, 75% of whom are in the greater Beirut area.

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