MANILA, (PNA) Update — A Filipino was among 22 people killed in a fuel truck blast and building collapse in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Thursday, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesperson Raul Hernandez said.
At least 12 other Filipinos were injured in the explosion. Nine were admitted to hospitals while three have been discharged.
He said a report from the embassy in Riyadh affirmed the victim was inside a vehicle parked in the area when the explosion occurred.
Hernandez said the victims were brought to the National Guard Hospital, the Habib Hospital, the Jazira Clinic, and Shumaisi.
“Embassy teams are still checking with other hospitals,” Hernandez said.
Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ezzedin Tago said the embassy is helping the blast victims.
He said when they heard the explosion, embassy personnel were sent to hospitals to check on any Filipino who could be hurt in the incident.
“Nakipag-coordinate kami sa employer nila to ensure na they are well-assisted habang nasa ospital sila,” Tago said.
He said that overseas Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia are usually covered by medical insurance.
“We will coordinate with employers in case there are issues,” he added.
He said authorities in the kingdom gave assurances that the tanker blast is not related to a terrorist act.
Reports said a fuel truck crashed into a flyover, triggering an explosion that brought down an industrial building and torched nearby vehicles. (PNA)