Pinoys not affected by strong quake in China, DFA says

No Filipinos were reported affected by the 6.6-magnitude earthquake that jolted China's southwestern Sichuan province on Monday, Sept. 5, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

Photo shows the aftermath of a 6.6-magnitude earthquake in Hailuogou in China's southwestern Sichuan province on September 5, 2022. STR / AFP

"No reported Filipino (was) affected by the earthquake," the DFA told reporters on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

The department said there are 167 Filipinos in the area.

The strong earthquake hit the region southwest of Sichuan's capital Chengdu around 1 p.m. Monday.

At least 65 people are confirmed dead while more than 200 injuries have been reported. Twelve individuals remain missing, according to China's state media.

It added that aftershocks were still being felt on Tuesday.

DFA said the Philippine Embassy in Beijing is currently monitoring the situation of Filipino nationals in the affected areas.