DFA: No Filipinos hurt in Australia bushfires

(Eagle News) — No Filipinos have been injured in the bushfires in parts of New South Wales, Queensland, and Western Australia.

This is according to the Department of Foreign Affairs, which cited reports from the embassy in Canberra, consulate general in Sydney, and honorary consulates in Brisbane and Perth.

“The DFA is closely monitoring the situation in the affected areas and is coordinating with various agencies and Filipino community leaders in Australia to ascertain the safety and welfare of Filipino nationals,” the department said.

The DFA also advised Filipino nationals in the affected areas to “follow the instructions of their local authorities and to take all necessary precautions and recommended actions to maintain their safety and welfare.”

“Filipinos requiring assistance may contact the relevant Philippine Consulate with jurisdiction over their area. Contact details are available at https://www.philembassy.org.au/offices/sydney-pcg-nsw ,” the DFA said.

At least four people have been killed and hundreds of houses were damaged or destroyed due to the bushfires triggered by rising temperatures.