MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday said there are no Filipinos reported dead or injured in a powerful storm that hit the Texas coast over the weekend, as it expressed sympathies over the reported deaths.
"Our hearts go out to the people of Houston, including the thousands of our kababayan, who have to go through this terrible ordeal," DFA Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano said in a statement.
Reports from the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles showed there is an 80,000-strong Filipino community in Houston and surrounding areas. Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States.
"We offer our deepest sympathies to the families of those who lost their lives in this disaster," Cayetano said. "We will continue to pray for Houston and its people."
The DFA said tropical storm Harvey, which triggered massive flooding in Houston and surrounding areas, left at least five persons dead and more than a dozen injured.
Cayetano said the Consulate General in Los Angeles and the Honorary Consulate in Houston continue to monitor the effects of the storm, such as flooding, damage to property and power disruptions, which are expected to affect members of the Filipino community.
Consul General Adelio Angelito Cruz said they remain on alert as the storm, which dumped more than 26 inches of rain in Metro Houston in the past two days, is expected to trigger "catastrophic flooding" in the next few days.
Source: Philippine News Agency