DFA: No Filipinos casualties in powerful Texas storm

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Low visibility and rainfall on the roads in Galveston, Texas as Hurricane Harvey intensifies on August 25, 2017.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 28) — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said there have been no reports of Filipino casualties in the storm that hit Texas over the weekend.

In a statement released Monday, the DFA said according to initial reports from the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles, "none among the 80,000-strong Filipino Community in Houston and surrounding areas has been reported to be among the dead or injured."

The DFA's statements comes after reports said at least two people died due to the storm that brought rains that was "beyond anything experienced." Reports say that the ensuing floods are of "catastrophic" proportions.

READ: Harvey's rain 'beyond anything experienced,' weather service says

In a statement issued Sunday, Foreign Affiars Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said, "Our hearts go out to the people of Houston, including the thousands of our kababayan [countrymen], who have to go through this terrible ordeal."

"We offer our deepest sympathies to the families of those who lost their lives in this disaster," Secretary Cayetano said. "We will continue to pray for Houston and its people."

Cayetano said Philippine authorities in Los Angeles and Houston will continue to monitor the storm's effects which will affect memebrs of the Filipino community.

Consul General Adelio Angelito Cruz said there are approximately 70,000 members of the Filipino Community in Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States; 5,000 in Rio Grande Valley; and another 5,000 in San Antonio.

According to a report from CNN, the U.S. National Weather Bureau said  the flooding was "unprecedented" and warns things may get worse should more rain fall in parts of Texas in the coming days.

The storm named Harvey landed as a Category 4 hurricane in Texas on Friday, bringing with it winds of up to 212kph, but was then downgraded into a tropical storm.

The National Weather Service it could be downgraded into a tropical depression, but residents were advised to remain vigilant.