No Filipino casualties in Vietnam storm: DFA


Posted at Nov 07 2017 05:49 PM

People travel on a boat along houses submerged by Typhoon Damrey, in the UNESCO heritage ancient town of Hoi An, Vietnam. Reuters/Kham

MANILA - There is no Filipino casualty in the typhoon that struck Vietnam and the resulting floods in the central part of the Southeast Asian country, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.

Around 4,000 Filipinos are in Vietnam, and the Philippine Embassy in Hanoi was in touch with leaders of the community to make sure all of them are safe and accounted for after Typhoon Damrey wrought havoc in the area, said the DFA.

Vietnamese authorities said the death toll from typhoon downpours and floods along Vietnam's south-central coast has risen to 61, while about 28 people remain missing.

Typhoon Damrey struck just before Vietnam was set to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Da Nang, which will bring together President Rodrigo Duterte, US President Donald Trump, China's Xi Jinping and Russia's Vladimir Putin, among other leaders.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano expressed Manila's sympathies to Vietnam before heading to the summit.

"Our hearts go out to the families of those who lost their lives and their homes as a result of this disaster," he said.