• Quake-hit Japan to get PH assistance


    The Philippines on Monday expressed readiness to assist Japan, who has been tying to cope with the aftermath of powerful twin earthquakes that struck the Kyushu region over the weekend.

    “The Philippines conveys its profound sympathies to Japan for the casualties and damage caused by the recent strong earthquakes in Kumamoto prefecture and surrounding areas,” the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement.

    Citing the Philippine Consulate General in Osaka, the DFA said there are so far no reports of Filipino casualties in the earthquakes.

    It assured that it is closely monitoring the situation with the Japanese authorities and Philippine foreign service posts in the affected region.

    There are around 220,000 Filipinos in Japan.

    At least 33 lives were taken by the tremors, according to the latest report of the local disaster management office.

    The report said over 1,000 people were injured, while some 180,000 residents are set to spend a third night in temporary shelters, including cars and tents.

    More than 62,000 homes remain without electricity and 300,000 homes have no water, Japanese media reported.

    The Philippine government advised Filipinos in Japan to stay indoors as more aftershocks could occur this week.


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