No Pinoys hurt in Australia bushfires: DFA


Posted at Nov 13 2019 02:36 PM

A Tuncurry fire crew member fights part of the Hillville bushfire south of Taree, in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, November 12, 2019. Darren Pateman, AAP Image via Reuters

MANILA - Filipinos in Australia's east coast are safe as of Wednesday from raging bushfires causing deaths and destruction in the area, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

The DFA, in a statement, advised Filipinos to follow local authorities' instructions and take necessary precautions for their safety.

Filipinos in need of assistance may contact the relevant Philippine Consulate with jurisdiction over their area, the agency said.

They may also contact the Philippine Consul General in Sydney at (61 2) 9262-7377.

Fires in northern New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland over the weekend killed 3 people and destroyed more than 150 homes.

Queensland and New South Wales states on Monday declared a state of emergency as the country's eastern region prepared for "catastrophic" fire conditions.

Bushfires are a common and deadly threat in Australia’s hot, dry summers, a danger stoked by a sustained period of dry weather across the country's east coast.

--With Reuters