MANILA - There are no Filipinos affected so far by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti that has so far claimed the lives of over 1,200 people, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Monday.
Monitoring of the Filipino community in Les Cayes, the tremor's epicenter is ongoing, said Assistant Secretary Eduardo Meñez of the DFA Office of Public and Cultural Diplomacy (OPCD).
“Based on initial reports from contacts in Haiti - no Filipino has been affected by the earthquake. Monitoring is ongoing,” Meñez said in a text message.
There are an estimated 470 Filipinos in Haiti.
At least 1,297 people were killed in the 7.2-magnitude tremor that struck Saturday about 100 miles (160 kilometers) to the west of Haiti's densely populated capital Port-au-Prince, which was devastated in a massive 2010 quake.
Some 13,600 buildings were destroyed and over 13,700 damaged, trapping hundreds under rubble and leaving more than 5,700 people injured, the country's civil protection agency said in an update.
"On behalf of the Filipino nation, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte extends his sincere condolences to the government and to the people of Haiti for the tragedy and devastation caused by the strong earthquake that struck Haiti," said his spokesman Harry Roque.
- with report from Agence France-Presse