No Filipino affected in Indonesian Tsunami — DFA

The Philippine Embassy in Jakarta said that as of Wednesday morning, there is no Filipino affected by the tsunami and a 7.7-magnitude earthquake which struck Sumatra. The Embassy continues to coordinate with local authorities in the affected areas, as well as the Filipino community in Indonesia, and stands ready to provide assistance, if needed.

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It added that Filipinos mostly reside in the Jakarta metropolitan region and in the main Java islands, working as engineers, managers, supervisors and teachers, among other occupations.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo has also directed the Department of Foreign Affairs to prepare for a possible humanitarian team to assist in rescue and rehabilitation efforts in Indonesia

Secretary Romulo issued the directive from Hanoi, Vietnam, where he is accompanying President Benigno S. Aquino III on a state visit to Vietnam and attendance at the 17th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

A 10-meter tsunami struck Sumatra and its surrounding islands yesterday after a 7.7-magnitude earthquake.

At least 113 people are reportedly killed, as rescue teams work double time to reach the islands and assist affected villagers.

Hundreds of wooden and bamboo homes were washed away on the island of Pagai, with water flooding crops and roads up to 600 yards (meters) inland. In Muntei Baru, a village on Silabu island, 80 percent of the houses were badly damaged.

Those and other islets hit were part of the Mentawai island chain, a popular and laid-back surfing spot 175 miles (280 kilometers) from Sumatra.

Source: Department of Foreign Affairs, Manila, Philippines