- Seven Filipino students from De La Salle University-College of St. Benilde were among the thousands affected by West Virginia flooding
- The DFA assures safety of the students; saying that all seven are in good condition and currently housed in safer surroundings
- The students are among the 55 PH students undergoing internship training at Greenbriar Resort
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported that seven Filipino students from De La Salle University – College of St. Benilde were among the thousands affected by the recent flooding in West Virginia which left some 24 fatalities.
DFA spokesperson Charles Jose, however, assured that the seven students, who are part of a group of 55 Filipino students undergoing on-the-job training at Greenbriar Resort, are in “good condition” and are currently housed “in safer surroundings within the resort.”
“The Embassy has also gotten in touch with the local chapter of the De La Salle University Alumni Association, who is spearheading a drive to gather supplies for the students,” the DFA spokesperson was quoted saying in an article written by Rie Takumi on GMA News Online as he added that families of the affected students need not worry about the safety of their kin.
Massive flooding in the state was caused by days of heavy rain where high waters have washed away cars, trapped hundreds and cut power to large areas, report noted.
According to the record prepared by West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, over 21,300 people were left without power across the state during the flooding.
It further reported that hundreds of homes had been severely damaged or destroyed and more than 60 roads remained closed.
Declaring the flooding a major disaster, US President Barack Obama has earlier ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area which were badly affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides.