Seven Filipino student interns were reported by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday, June 27, to be in safe condition after floods in West Virginia.
Quoted on radio, DFA spokesperson Charles Jose said that the Philippine embassy in Washington, DC was able to communicate with the students from De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde who are staying at a shelter in an unnamed resort. They were among 55 students who were having their on-the-job training in West Virginia.
“Nakipag-contact na po ang aming embassy sa local chapter ng DLSU (De La Salle University) na nag-initiate ng effort na matulungan itong mga estudyante ng Saint Benilde,” said Jose.
(Our embassy has contacted the local chapter of DLSU (De La Salle University) which initiated efforts to help the students of Saint Benilde.)
Jose added that there has been no report of Filipino communities being affected by flooding in West Virginia, where 3,000 Filipino people are residing.
After heavy rains, fast-moving floodwaters in West Virginia caused water to pour out of creeks and rivers; leaving at least 24 people dead. As much as 10 inches of rain poured at one time on Friday, June 23 (Philippine time). Locals are being advised to protect themselves from “flood debris, downed power lines and downed trees.” MC