- The Department of Foreign Affairs stated that two Filipinos are dead, and two are still missing following the Beirut explosion on Tuesday.
- A total of 18 sustained injuries from the blast, 10 of whom are seafarers.
- The DFA is working on repatriating about 230 Filipinos over the weekend.
Two Filipino citizens are still missing after the catastrophic Beirut explosion that killed almost a hundred people on Tuesday. One of the two aforementioned is a seafarer while the other is a household worker.
The Department of Foreign Affairs stated that the seafarer is one of the 11 sailors who went missing after the explosion.
Undersecretary Sarah Arriola said they jumped into the water as the poweful blast sent a massive shockwave across the area. Apparently, their ship, cruise liner MV Orient Queen, was only 400 meters away from the blast site.
2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate blew up in Beirut’s port area, sending a violent shockwave in the entire vicinity.
The Philippine Embassy in Beirut announced that 10 of the sailors have been found. They only sustained minor injuries and are now staying at Abu Merhi Cruises at Ain el Mraiseh.
Still, two Filipinos died from the horrifying incident.
According to DFA spokesperson Ed Meñez, both victims were also household service workers. They were at their employer’s home when the explosion occurred.
Hans Leo Cadac of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) informed the relatives of the deceased that the government will repatriate their remains. However, they are still verifying the identitiy of the other casualty.
According to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the other victim’s passport may have been lost in a fire following the explosion. They only know of the deceased person’s surname.
Meanwhile, DFA Undersecretary Arriola said they are ready to bring everyone home. She said, “those who are ready to go home, will be home. For those who can’t leave yet, we will work hard to bring you home. We see that we have to fasttrack the repatriation.”
The DFA is already planning to send 230 Filipinos home over the weekend, including the remains of the two Overseas Filipino Workers.
Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab Vows to Make the People Responsible for Beirut Explosion “Pay the Price”
Someone will be held accountable for this catastrophe.
- Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab promises that the people responsible for the incident will "pay the price."
- His statement followed after a massive explosion shook Beirut on Tuesday evening, consequently killing about a hundred people and injuring thousands.
- Reports say 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate exploded in the port area of the Lebanese capital.
- The Prime Minister also urgently called on other nations for help.
In Photos: The Aftermath of the Massive Beirut Explosion That Terrified the World
Endless rubble, bloody people, total chaos.
- The exact cause of the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon still remains unknown to this day.
- Bloody, injured people were waiting for help amidst the rubble.
- Hospitals overflowed with victims and doctors ended up treating some of them out in the sidewalk.
Cause of the Lebanon Explosion: Conspiracy Theories and Official Announcements
The cause of the explosion in Lebanon is still unclear but rumors and assumptions claim that this is an attack.
- A fire, followed by a devastating explosion, shook Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon.
- The blast left behind massive damage in property and multiple deaths, in addition to numerous rumors and dangerous assumptions regarding its cause.
- Conspiracy theories quickly came up but experts are quick to slam the idea of a nuke attack.
- However, US President Donald Trump, along with his unnamed generals, a few fringe websites, and some netizens, believed it was a deliberate attack.
- The Lebanese government has announced that the explosion may have had something to do with ammonium nitrate.
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