2 more Pinoys die in Beirut explosion

TWO more Filipinos were reported to have died in the twin explosions in the Port of Beirut bringing to four the total number of deaths, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed on Friday.

The DFA said a Filipino household service worker remains missing and the number of wounded Filipinos has climbed to 31.

"We are saddened by the latest turn of developments. The higher figure comes as our embassy personnel work to ascertain the condition of the Filipinos in its jurisdiction,“ Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Sarah Lou Arriola said in a statement.

Of the injured Filipinos, two remain in critical condition at the Rizk Hospital.

"Our embassy officials shall continue to ascertain the condition of our community in Beirut. The DFA reaffirms its commitment to bring the much-needed support and assistance to our kababayans, (e)specially at this hour of need," Arriola said.

An estimated 33,000 Filipinos are in Lebanon, 75 percent of whom are in the Greater Beirut area, according to the department.

Authorities believed a warehouse storing about 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate had caused the powerful explosion.