The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has confirmed that 2 Filipinos were killed and 8 were injured by the devastating explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on August 4.
“The Philippines is deeply saddened by the devastating explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on 04 August 2020 that claimed the lives of many people, including two Filipinos, and injured thousands more. Eight Filipinos were injured in this tragedy, and 12 are also missing,” the DFA said.
“The Philippines extends its deepest sympathies and condolences to the Lebanese Government and people, especially those who have been affected by this tragic event,” it added.
In a report by ABS-CBN News, overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Mary Jane Muniño recounted her experience during the explosion while at a mall in Achrafieh district in Beirut.
Muniño reportedly dropped to the floor and stayed still for 5 minutes inside a store before looking up and seeing the ABC mall shrouded in darkness and dust as other shoppers ran for their lives, fearing another tremor will hit the area.
“Ang nasa isip ko lang ng panahon na iyun, kailangan kong makalabas sa mall. Takbo ako ng takbo makahanap ng exit,” Muniño told ABS-CBN News. “Sabi ko, ‘Diyos ko kailangan kong makalabas dito.'”
“Namalayan ko na lang dumudugo na pala kamay ko, kaunti lang naman, at tuhod ko,” she added. “Akala ko mamatay na ako sa loob ng building.”