- At least 40 Filipinos take refuge in an evacuation center after the magnitude 6.2 earthquake that shook central Italy
- The evacuation center is based in Norcia, a historic tourist town in southeastern Umbria
- The quake left at least 250 people dead and 368 others injured as of posting
- No Filipinos were reported hurt or dead, according to welfare officer Hector Cruz
- Relatives of of Filipinos based in Italy who cannot reach their family members are advised to contact the DFA, OWWA and the DOLE for assistance
Following the magnitude 6.2 earthquake which jolted central Italy leaving at least 250 people dead and around 360 others injured, a report came stating that dozens of Filipinos spent the night in an evacuation center.
Welfare officer Hector Cruz said at least 40 Filipinos were in an evacuation center in Norcia, a historic tourist town in southeastern Umbria, as of August 25, an article published by GMA News Online disclosed.
“Sila po ay nasa magandang kalagayan, wala pong reported na nasaktan o nasugatan or may namatay, at sila po ay all accounted [for],” Cruz was quoted saying.
[They are in good condition, no injured or death reported, all are accounted for.]
The information, according to Cruz, was gathered from the Filipinos themselves as the agency do not have the exact number of Filipinos living and working in Norcia and in Amatice; another area hit by the earthquake.
Meanwhile, Cruz noted that staff from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office will continue to check on hospitals near the quake-hit areas to see if there are injured Filipinos.
In addition, Cruz said that relatives of Filipinos based in Italy who cannot reach their family members are advised to contact the Department of Foreign Affairs, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and the Department of Labor and Employment for assistance.
As of posting, all access points to Amatrice — the worst-hit area of the earthquake — were shut down by the Italian government while rescue operations are underway.