So far, there are no reports of Filipinos killed by floods in Pakistan, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.
DFA Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Eduardo Jose De Vega said the Philippine Embassy in Islamabad has reported to him that the Filipino community in Pakistan is safe.
There are only 3,000 Filipinos in Pakistan, and most of them live in Islamabad and Karachi. The hardest hit by the flood are south of Pakistani, particularly Sindh and Balochistan provinces which received eight times its average August rainfall.
Around 90 percent of the Filipinos in Pakistan are household service workers while the rest are professionals or staff of international organizations.
“As of August 27, there are no reports of Filipinos affected from Sindh and Punjab. Still waiting for a response from Filipino community leader in Balochistan,” De Vega said quoting the report from the Embassy in Islamabad.
Pakistan is now suffering its worst flooding in decades, with 33 million people — or roughly 33 percent of its total population — being affected. More than 900 people had been killed since June including 34 in the past 48 hours.
The government just declared a national emergency and is appealing for international help.
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