No Filipinos hurt in strong Mexico quake, DFA says


Posted at Sep 09 2017 03:06 AM

MANILA—The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday said no Filipinos were hurt in the 8.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Mexico, which has left at least 32 people dead.

"The Philippine Embassy in Mexico has reported that it has not received any report of any Filipino casualties. We are also thankful that Ambassador De Vega was unhurt despite the close call he had in Oaxaca,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said in a statement.

The DFA said it is prepared to provide aid to Filipinos affected by the quake.

There are around 630 Filipinos in Mexico and 300 others in Guatemala, Belize and El Salvador, according to the DFA.

The Philippine Embassy in Mexico has coordinated with the honorary consuls and Filipino community leaders to make sure all Filipinos are safe.

The DFA, meanwhile, expressed sympathies to the nations affected by the earthquake.

The quake was stronger than a devastating 1985 temblor that flattened swathes of Mexico City and killed thousands, but this time, damage to the city was limited. The epicenter was 123 km southwest of the town of Pijijiapan, at a depth of 33 km. 
--With reports from Reuters