400 Filipinos from Lebanon to be sent home next week

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 7) — Four hundred Filipinos are expected to arrive home by next week following the Beirut blast, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed on Friday.

Philippine Embassy Beirut Charge d’affaires Ajeet-Victor Panemanglor said 230 Filipinos were initially scheduled to fly home but 170 more OFWs have also expressed desire to be repatriated.

The DFA is in contact with the Lebanese government to expedite the processing of the exit visas for more charter flights to be arranged by the Philippine government.

Panemanglor said in an online town hall meeting that the embassy in Beirut is now focusing on assisting the 34 Filipinos who were injured during the massive explosion that rocked Lebanon’s capital on Tuesday.

Four Filipinos have died, while one is still missing.

At least 149 people died and more than 5,000 were injured in the tragedy.