PH Embassy comes to aid of Pinoy victims of hurricane

In this Sept. 8, 2017 photo, people walk near debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands. Britain has sent a navy ship and troops to help people on the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and the Turks and Caicos islands that were pummeled by the hurricane. (Gabi Gonzalez via AP)

A team from the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. has reached Filipinos in the hurricane-devastated British Virgin Islands.

The embassy personnel brought with them relief supplies and began to arrange for the repatriation of 135 Filipinos.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) originally said 136 Filipinos have pleaded for assistance to be repatriated after a powerful Hurricane “Irma” pummeled island-territories in the Carribean Sea last week before heading to the United States’ southeastern coast.

“The Embassy Response Team entered the British Virgin Islands and met with the Filipino community there today,” the Embassy said in a statement issued Tuesday.

Those who have asked to be repatriated will be directly brought to the Philippines, the Embassy said.