MANILA — There were no immediate reports of Filipino casualties in the aftermath of the magnitude 7 earthquake that jolted the Aegean coast of Turkey Friday night, the Philippine ambassador to Turkey said.
In a tweet, Ambassador Raul Hernandez said they were in the coastal province of Izmir for a consular mission when the earthquake happened.
“The team is in touch with Consul General Ender Yorgancilar and our Filcom leaders who have informed us that so far there are no Filipino casualties,” Hernandez said.
“Let’s pray for the safety and welfare of our kababayans here and people of Izmir during this (sic) challenging times,” he added.
As of Saturday morning, there were 24 deaths and over 800 injured, according to Hernandez. He said those in the area feel “quite strong aftershocks.”
“Search and rescue operations continue in 9 collapsed buildings. The government here is assisting people who have been affected by the earthquake," Hernandez said.
The Department of Foreign Affairs also said the embassy is monitoring the situation and is on standby to assist Filipinos affected by the earthquake.
The quake struck the Aegean Sea on Friday and was felt in both Greece and Turkey, where initial reports said some buildings collapsed in the coastal city of Izmir.
There were various reports of damage to property, with Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu saying six buildings had collapsed in two districts in Izmir.
Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said its teams had been sent to the region of Friday's quake. - with reports from Reuters