7 Pinoy students among thousands affected by West Virginia flooding
Seven Filipino students from De La Salle University - College of St. Benilde were among the thousands affected by the flooding in West Virginia that killed 24 people over the weekend.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday said the seven students were part of a group of 55 Filipino students undergoing on-the-job training at Greenbriar Resort.
According to the DFA, the Embassy's Consular Section confirmed that they are in "good condition" and are currently housed "in safer surroundings within the resort."
"The Embassy has also gotten in touch with the local chapter of the De La Salle University Alumni Association, who is spearheading a drive to gather supplies for the students," DFA spokesperson Charles Jose said.
Days of heavy rain have caused massive flooding in the state, where high waters have washed away cars, trapped hundreds and cut power to large areas.
More than 21,300 people were without power across the state Saturday evening according to the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
Hundreds of homes had been severely damaged or destroyed and more than 60 roads remained closed, it said.
President Barack Obama declared the flooding a major disaster and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News