OFW critical after tanker blast in Riyadh

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 02 2012 11:42 AM | Updated as of Nov 04 2012 12:21 AM

MANILA, Philippines – One of the 10 Filipinos injured in the fuel tanker blast in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is in critical condition.

“Their conditions vary. We have one in critical condition. Some have injuries to their face and other parts of their bodies, but are in stable condition,” said Vice Consul to Saudi Arabia, Redentor Genotiva.

Genotiva told ANC on Friday that the embassy already sent teams to different hospitals where the Filipino victims were brought to for treatment.

“As of last night, we have 10 Filipinos who are confirmed still confined at four different hospitals in Riyadh,” said Genotiva. 

The vice consul added that the embassy received reports of other Filipinos who were admitted to the hospitals, “but were subsequently released after their treatment”.

“Under the regulations, employers are required to provide their employees medical insurance. We are coordinating with the employers ensuring that their employees are getting the medical treatment that they need,” he said.

He added that they also requested them to provide the embassy with some of them contact details of the OFWs so that they could inform their families about their condition.

“We are requesting the families of Filipinos who are in Riyadh and are thinking perhaps that their family members might have been involved in the accident, to proceed to the nearest regional consular office of the DFA and request for information regarding their relatives here,” he said.

Thursday’s accident claimed the lives of 22 people, including a Filipino Florentino “Tinoy” Santiago. 

Santiago was inside a vehicle parked in the area when the explosion occurred, reports said.

The fuel truck crashed into a flyover, triggering an explosion that brought down an industrial building and torched nearby vehicles, officials and state media said. ANC