No Filipino hurt in Indonesia's severe flooding, mudslides: DMW

By Marita Moaje

May 13, 2024, 4:07 pm

<p><em>(PNA file photo)</em></p>

(PNA file photo)

MANILA – The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) said on Monday that no Filipino has been reported hurt or injured during the severe flooding and mudslides that hit West Sumatra, Indonesia over the weekend.

In an advisory, the DMW said it is coordinating closely with the Philippine Embassy in Jakarta as it monitors the situation in the flood-hit area.

“The Philippine Embassy in Jakarta (PE-Jakarta) has yet to receive reports that OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) or Filipino nationals were harmed or injured. MWO-SG (Migrant Workers Office-Singapore) is coordinating closely with PE-Jakarta to monitor the situation,” it said.

The DMW clarified there is no MWO physical presence in Indonesia and the agency only gets its report via the MWO in Singapore.

Local reports said that as of Sunday, 37 people have died while an unconfirmed number of people are still missing due to the cold lava flood of Mount Marapi in West Sumatra.

The West Sumatra Regional Disaster Management Agency said the cold lava flood was triggered by heavy rain over the past few days.

Indonesian government agencies report the Agam and Tanah Datar districts near Padang in West Sumatra are the worst-hit areas.

The DMW Head Office said it will monitor the development and will issue bulletins. (PNA)