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29/05/2011: PHL Embassy Coordinating with Chicago PCG to Assist Filipino Victims in Missouri

29 May 2011, Washington DC. The Philippine Consulate General in Chicago reported to the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. the death of a third Filipino victim resulting from the tornado that struck the town of Joplin in Missouri last May 22.  The identity of the latest fatality is being withheld pending the notification of the next of kin.

The Consulate earlier confirmed the death of two Filipinas. Grace Aquino perished when the wall of the Harmony Heights Baptist Church collapsed on her when the tornado struck, according to her daughter Divine, while Esterlita Manansala-Moore died when she was carried away from her apartment.

The regional office in Miami of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Foreign Missions (OFM) informed the Embassy over the weekend that the remains of the late Grace Aquino and Esterlita Manansala-Moore have been released to the daughter and sister, respectively.

Philippine Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. continues to monitor the aftermath of the Missouri tornado.  He extends his condolences to all families who lost loved ones as a result of the tragic natural disaster and assures his fellow Filipinos of assistance from the Embassy and Consulate.

Filipinos who have relatives in Missouri may contact the Missouri SEMA at telephone number (573) 526-9100 and fax number (573) 634-7966, the Office of the Missouri Governor at telephone number (573) 751-3222, the American Red Cross at telephone number (1-800) 733-2767, or the OFM-Chicago Regional Office at telephone number (312) 353-5762.  END