3 Filipino families affected in Italy tanker explosion

THE Philippine Consulate General in Milan yeserday reported that three Filipino families in Borgo Panigale were affected by the fuel tanker explosion near the Bologna airport in Italy on Monday.

Consul General Irene Susan Natividad said this brings to three the number of Filipino families whose apartments were damaged by the blast.

Natividad said the total number of Filipinos reported by the consulate general to have been affected is 10, including two minor children and two infants.

Consul General Irene Susan Natividad said the explosion blew off the doors and windows of the apartment units of the three families and damaged a number of their belongings inside.

The families were evacuated by authorities and accommodated at a local hotel.

Natividad dispatched Vice Consul Flaureen Dacanay and Welfare Officer Jocelyn Hapal to Bologna to assist the affected families.

Natividad said at least two persons died and more than 60 were injured in the explosion.

“We are saddened by the loss of life in the accident in Bologna and pray for the speedy recovery of the injured,” Natividad said.

Natividad said the Consulate General is in touch with authorities and members of the Filipino community in Bologna to determine if there were Filipinos among the casualties in the incident.

She said there are an estimated 20,000 Filipinos in the Emilia Romagna Region where Bologna is located.

Natividad said the explosion was triggered by a fuel tanker that crashed into another vehicle on a major highway near the airport.