MANILA - No Filipino was hurt when hurricane Harvey battered parts of Texas over the weekend, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Monday.
Quoting initial reports from the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles, the DFA said none of the 80,000-strong Filipino community in Houston and surrounding areas was 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 Cayetano said.
DFA also condoled with the families of those who passed away during "one of the most devastating storms in the southern state's history." At least 5 people were killed and dozens more injured.
"We offer our deepest sympathies to the families of those who lost their lives in this disaster...We will continue to pray for Houston and its people," he added.
DFA said the Consulate General in Los Angeles and the Honorary Consulate in Houston will monitor the effects of the storm, such as flooding, damage to property and power disruptions, which could affect Filipino residents.