2 Filipinos hurt, 41 rescued as ‘Mangkhut’ lashes HK

MANILA — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday reported that at least two Filipinos were hurt and 41 were rescued as Typhoon Mangkhut lashed Hong Kong over the weekend.

Consul General Antonio Morales said a Filipino tourist underwent leg surgery after she was hit by flying debris. Another Filipino was also hurt by falling debris but needed no hospital treatment.

In his report to the DFA, he said the Consulate General assisted 36 members of a Filipino tour group, who were stranded after the windshield of the bus that was supposed to bring them to the airport was shattered by strong winds.

He said a bus was sent to rescue the group and bring them back to their hotel.

Five Filipino workers of a dive resort development were also rescued by Hong Kong authorities.

Morales also said the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration received calls from Filipino household service workers who sustained minor injuries but needed no hospital treatment.

The envoy also said his officers and staff are all safe and that their consular operations have resumed on Monday.

The DFA, together with the Consulate General, continues to monitor the situation in Hong Kong in the aftermath of the typhoon. According to DFA’s estimate, there are around 227,000 Filipinos currently in Hong Kong.

Filipinos in the territory who may require assistance are urged to call 999 or the Consulate Hotline at +852.9155.4023. Joyce Ann L. Rocamora/PNA-northboundasia.com